Even Vatican City Has ‘Simpsons’ Fans

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:22 am,

the simpsons Even Vatican City Has Simpsons FansShowing the world that they too sneak off to watch cartoons every now and then, the “semi-official” paper of the Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano, ran an article congratulating The Simpsons on its 20th year of television.  The folks at TV Squad tipped us off.  Quotes after the jump!

Yahoo! supplied some highlights from the article, entitled “Aristotle’s Virtues and Homer’s Doughnuts”:

“…many today wouldn’t know how to laugh [without the citizens of Springfield]… realistic and intelligent writing… excessively crude language… a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith… Homer finds in God his last refuge, even though he sometimes gets His name sensationally wrong

The Holy City: if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.  Between regular church attendance (from some family members), a devout neighbor and the occasional deal with the devil over doughnuts (who could forget, “mmmm… sacrilicious“?), all things religious are a regular focus of the show.

Hats off to The Simpsons, one of the only shows ever made with the chutzpah to regularly poke fun at faith, and to L’Osservatore Romano, for graciously acknowledging the accomplishment of a humorous critic.

The Simpsons next three episodes air 1/3, 1/10 and 1/31 in 2010. And don’t miss The Simpsons 20th anniversary special, which airs on Thursday, January 14th on Fox.

Source: TV Squad, Yahoo!

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  1. The first 6 or 7 seasons of The Simpsons is some of the best television ever made. The writing was OUTSTANDING and the jokes were hilarious and pointed. While I still watch the show, and it still has its brilliant moments, it is a shadow of it’s former self. I will say, however, that The Simpsons Movie did manage to recapture alot of the original charm and humor of the series. That being said, I hope that we can count on another 20 years of The Simpsons!

  2. I agree with Andy S. The older Simpsons was definitely the best. So much better than the dull repetitve crude humor of Family Guy… A lot of the jokes in The Simpsons you actually had to have some level of intelligence to understand. And that was actually what made them such great jokes.