Marge and Homer? Card. Kasper to the rescue!

homer margeAs you may have heard,

Homer and Marge Simpson are splitting up!

After years of marriage, they will separate.

Oh, the humanity.

But, be of good cheer!

Cardinal Kasper has a solution!

Perhaps when they remarry (other people… of the same sex or not)… they’ll be able to receive Holy Communion under Card. Kasper’s Tolerated But Not Accepted Plan™.

This is the era of mercy.  It’s been in all the papers.



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  1. mschu528 says:

    They already got divorced. Season 8, episode “A Milhouse Divided.” After Milhouse’s parents get divorced, Homer fears Marge will leave him too. He decides they should renew their vows, but doesn’t want the “phoney-baloney” renewal of vows, so he secretly files for divorce, forcing them to have an actual second wedding.

    Yep, even The Simpsons is copying The Simpsons now. Perhaps it’s time to put the show to bed before they totally run it into the ground.

  2. acardnal says:

    Recent interviews on EWTN between Raymond Arroyo and Cardinal Kasper wherein Cdl. Kasper is defensive and back pedaling.

    Part 1: HERE

    Part 2: HERE

  3. benedetta says:

    Oh. I had not realized that that show of yore was still on teevee.

  4. Giuseppe says:

    The Simpsons are already Protestant, so intercommunion with Cardinal Kaspar’s church shouldn’t be a problem. (Homer did try to found his own religion once, so he could skip Sunday service and watch football.)

    The Simpsons’ pastor is Rev. Lovejoy, and his wife Mrs. Lovejoy is a notorious gossip. They have a daughter Jessica who stole money from the collection plate and blamed Bart. (A superb early episode called “Bart’s Girlfriend”, with Jessica voiced by Meryl Streep.)

  5. Grumpy Beggar says:

    acardnal says:

    “Recent interviews on EWTN between Raymond Arroyo and Cardinal Kasper wherein Cdl. Kasper is defensive and back pedaling.”

    Watched both videos all the way through – really good stuff. Raymond Arroyo keeps all the questions super-pertinent ; . . . encouraging. Father Gerald Murray’s commentary compliments the interviews quite nicely – kind of completes the statement : Makes it all nice clear with no nonsense direct analysis.

    Thanks acardnal .

  6. Sliwka says:

    They’ve also separated when Marge lost her memory and was going with Artie Ziff again and also when Homer discovered he does things she resents and went to stay with a gay couple.

  7. acardnal says:

    Grumpy Beggar, I should have mentioned that Fr. Gerald Murray, canon lawyer, was also interviewed by Arroyo in above videos. He was excellent.

  8. DonL says:

    The important question is whether or not the divorce will have sustainability–that’s the pastoral element that justifies mercy here. It says so right in my Katholic Kasperism of the Germanic Church, page 2362

  9. JesusFreak84 says:

    If they actually divorce-divorce, I’d say that’s the creators trying to put the show out of its misery o_O

  10. I have long harboured doubts about the validity of the Simpson marriage.

    There was duress involved, as Marge was pregnant with Bart when they married. Also, I would seriously doubt if Homer were capable of expressing valid consent at any time before, during or after their wedding ceremony. [Could a certain amount of Duff have been involved?]

    I’d like to hear Ed Peters on the subject.

  11. benedetta says:

    Now more than ever: si fueris R?mae, R?m?n? v?vit? m?re; si fueris alib?, v?vit? sicut ibi.

  12. benedetta says:

    Who remembers this? I expect as some of us order our lives according to every word uttered by various publications, some people’s children are by now well steeped and evolved according to the Simpsons Catechetical Approach (detailed in article below) however as a non Simpsons watcher it’s all Greek to me. I can’t help but wonder though about that last bit, the postulation that a “world devoid of easy illusions” equals “more human and more Christian”. Even I as someone who does not attend to television watching can get behind that sort of Christianity.

    Vatican City, Oct 18, 2010 / 12:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- L’Osservatore Romano marked the 20th anniversary of “The Simpsons” in its Oct. 17 edition by lauding the popular television show for taking religious faith seriously, although often irreverently.

    And, although “few know it, and he does everything to hide it … it’s true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic,” according to newspaper.

    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.

    Homer may snore through his evangelical pastor Rev. Lovejoy’s sermons, and he may heckle his evangelical neighbor, Ned Flanders, but religious faith is realistically portrayed in the show, he said.

    Characters are often shown praying and the Simpsons family always prays before meals. “In their own way,” Father Occhetta wrote, the character all “believe in the ‘beyond’.”

    The Vatican newspaper said “Parents shouldn’t be afraid to let their children watch the adventures of the ‘little guys in yellow’.”

    The content and themes of “The Simpsons” are so realistic that they could be used to kickstart discussions among parents and their children about issues of family life, school, relationships, and social and political issues.

    The show’s “skeptical realism” does not lend itself to any easy moral lessons, the paper suggested. But it does tend to deflate false illusions about the world. And, the paper added, “a world devoid of easy illusions is more human and, perhaps, more Christian.”

  13. benedetta says:

    There’s a certain prescience, no, in Fr. Occhetta’s singling out the easy illusions as the ones without which life is thereby more human, more Christian…It does seem though that his expectation of the retention of the sorts of illusions which are more grand and difficult to not ultimately be contrary to a human and Christian way of life to be rather more than would be reasonable to ask people to shoulder.

  14. RafqasRoad says:


    Thank heavens I wasn’t enjoying a cup of Mystica tea when I read your comment!! The results would have been entertainingly messy :-)

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