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There are certain words that just don't seem to go together. For instance, "Snooki" and "classy."

"Good looking" and "Marc Anthony"

"Respectable" and "Aprill Brandon"

"Homer Simpson" and "The Vatican"

However, that last combo is actually connected. According to NPR, the Vatican is claiming that America's favorite dysfunctional dad is Catholic. Citing an article in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican used the Simpson episode titled "The Father, The Son and The Holy Guest Star" as the basis for this assumption.

"In that episode, Homer and Bart are swayed toward Catholicism by Father Sean (voiced by Liam Neeson) — and a pancake breakfast. For Homer, an epic session in the confessional follows. The Vatican article is a bit off-key, but it maintains a formal academic stance, naming the Simpsons father figure in full: Homer J. Simpson," according to NPR.

In fact, a Jesuit priest actually did a study of the 2005 episode and concluded that The Simpsons is 'among the few TV programmes for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes'.

D'oh!

An article in the Daily Mail goes a digs a bit deeper into the claim, stating that:

"The official Vatican newspaper has declared that the programme's central characters - beer-swilling, doughnut-loving Homer Simpson and son Bart - are Catholics who raise questions concerning the Christian faith. The article in Sunday's Osservatore Romano even encourages parents to let their children watch 'the adventures of the little guys in yellow'. 'Few people know it, and he does everything to hide it. But it's true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic', the article declares."

Alas, despite the kudos from the Vatican, the show's executive producer denies that Homer is Catholic and pointed out that the Simpson family attends the First Church of Springfield "which is decidedly Presbylutheran."

Hmm...makes me wonder what the Vatican thinks of America's second favorite dysfunctional dad, Peter Griffin from "Family Guy" who, despite a brief stint as the founder of The Church of the Fonz (the Fonz be with you), is actually Catholic (well, as Catholic as a cartoon character can be, I guess).