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Vatican newspaper praises The Simpsons

The Simpsons got a somewhat unexpected gift under their tree this year … no, not another dog; L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Vatican, on Tuesday congratulated the show on its 20th anniversary in an article titled “Aristotle’s Virtues and Homer’s Doughnut.”

The article doesn’t appear to be online at the paper’s website, but the Associated Press reports the article praised the show’s “philosophical leanings as well as its stinging and often irreverent take on religion.”

“Religion, from the snore-evoking sermons of the Rev. Lovejoy to Homer’s face-to-face talks with God, appears so frequently on the show that it could be possible to come up with a ‘Simpsonian’ theology,” the article said. No doubt they were talking about segments like this:

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Michael McCollough

December 25, 2009 at 5:42 am

They could have in mind the evolution of Ned Flanders from stereotyped evangelical busybody to decent Christian guy. I’m enough of an atheist that I didn’t figure out until my freshman year of undergrad there were people who to took Christian mythology seriously, let alone as history, but even so I’ve got to admit a fondness for the guy.

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