By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 26, 2007

The Church of England has turned to Homer Simpson for help with recruiting teenagers.

Clergy are to be advised to set up screens in churches to play extracts from the beer-swilling cartoon character's life.

I am not making this up. I'm not that cynical.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 28, 2007 7:22 PM ET USA

    Homer nods off.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 28, 2007 11:57 AM ET USA

    Will someone get the Archbishop of Canterbury the number for 911?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 28, 2007 8:40 AM ET USA

    Reminds me of a quote from someone unknown: If you stand for nothing you'll fall for anything.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 27, 2007 11:28 PM ET USA

    The numbers dropped 23,000 in 5 years. How many babies were aborted and contracepted during those same 5 years? Maybe there's a connection?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 27, 2007 5:08 PM ET USA

    Reminds me of a quote from Konrad Adenauer: "In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity."

  • Posted by: - Jun. 27, 2007 12:49 PM ET USA

    Homer Simpson? What a choice the CofE made! In that vein, evangelicals could use Homer's pious neighbor Ned Flanders for recruitment and Jews could employ the services of Rabbi Krustofsky. And what about Reverend Lovejoy? Where would he fit in? Seriously, I think Lisa Simpson, Homer's daughter, would be a better CofE role model. Lisa is intelligent in secular matters, politically liberal, hyper-feminist, marches in gay rights parades, etc.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 10:54 PM ET USA

    Theology on Tap in Boston and NYC (as I hear from a former student) is pretty sound. As for Homer Simpson cartoons in church, will the powerpoint presentation precede or follow?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 10:17 PM ET USA

    I always appreciate a good Church of England story. It boosts my morale because it lets me think: Well at least we aren't that crazy.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 7:19 PM ET USA

    Next we'll see Beavis and Butthead promoting vocations.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 5:19 PM ET USA

    Teens don't need to go to church to worship Homer, they can worship him at home, seven days a week.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 4:11 PM ET USA

    I'm sorry to hear that Theology on Tap is like that in Chicago, but it would be unfair to criticize the program universally. Here in Diocese of Arlington VA, Theology on Tap regularly features orthodox young priests and speakers. It is one of the key programs of a growing Young Adult Ministry aimed at bringing fallen away Catholics back to the Church and the sacraments. As well as reaching out to non-Catholic Christians and unbelievers. I suppose it always depends on who runs it.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 3:44 PM ET USA

    In all fairness, Theology On Tap is as orthodox as a diocese makes it. In both Edmonton and Calgary the bishops have taken it under their respective wings, and it's sound. Homer Simpson (or any other cartoon character) is not an integral part of TOT.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 3:23 PM ET USA

    I can't stop laughing. Pathetic attempts to be relevant results in becoming even more irrelevant. Welcome to the Church of England. We don't care what you believe or even if you believe. Just show up so that we feel good about ourselves and can deceive ourselves into thinking we are relevant.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 2:37 PM ET USA

    It could be worse, they could be using the "Family Guy" instead.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2007 2:25 PM ET USA

    We have the same thing here in the Chicago Archdiocese. It's called "Theology on Tap" and features mostly the latest in progressive Catholic educators, who are not quite as orthodox as "The Simpsons." Every summer, young adults are sought after to nod and smile at the very latest in this Katholic Kool program, and to celebrate their completion of the four weeks on the Cardinal's lawn.