'L'Osservatore' & 'La Civilta' heart 'The Simpsons'

And who can blame them?

The newspaper cited an analysis in the Oct. 16 issue of the Italian Jesuit magazine, La Civilita Cattolica.In it, Father Francesco Occhetta examined a Catholic-themed episode from 2005, "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star," in which Homer and his son Bart are befriended by a priest named Father Sean, and consider conversion to Catholicism."The Simpsons remain among the few TV programs for kids in which the Christian faith, religion and the question on God are recurrent themes," Father Occhetta wrote.

What Fr. Occhetta fails to mention is that the episode he lauds contains the most accurate depiction of heaven ever to air on network TV:

Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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