December 23, 2009.
The Vatican’s newspaper has sent ‘The Simpsons’, it’s best wishes on the shows 20th anniversary.
In a article titled “Aristotle’s Virtues and Homer’s Doughnut”, L’Osservatore Romano praised the shows philosophical learnings as well as its often bold take on religion. It also credited the show for teaching viewers how to laugh.
The article cited several episodes centered around religion, including one where Homer cries out for divine intervention. The newspaper said America’s longest running animated show is “a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels towards faith.”
Still the newspaper criticized the shows use of crude language and violence.
‘The Simpsons’ debuted December 17, 1989 the show has broadcast 449 episodes.