The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano had said: "Few people know it and he does everything to hide it but it is true: Homer J Simpson is Catholic."

"My first reaction is shock and awe, and I guess it makes up for me not going to church for 20 years," Simpsons' Producer Al Jean said. He added that the Simpson family attends the First Church of Springfield "which is decidedly Presbylutheran".  "We've pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic," he told the Entertainment Weekly website. "I really don't think he could go without eating meat on Fridays for even an hour."