Vatican newspaper praises <i>The Simpsons</i>

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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