Saturday, October 14, 2006
Catholic Heaven, Simpsons style
Sticking with Calvin's dictum (the little boy from Calvin and Hobbs, not John Calvin, Protestant Reformer), that if something is funny once, it's funny a thousand times, I felt compelled to track down a clip from the same episode of The Simpsons in which Liam Neeson guest stars as Fr. Sean, that shows a very Catholic conception of heaven. Again, enjoy and laugh. I am quite certain that is what Jesus would have us do. Just to avoid confusion, not to insult anybody's intelligence, the Protestant reformation began on 31 October 1517, when the Augustinain friar, Martin Luther, nailed his 99 theses to the door of the Church in Wittenberg. Of course, there were prescursors and follow-on movements, just none at Lourdes over wet hair in Church. Also, contra Reverend Lovejoy, theologically-speaking, there is only one heaven and, while there will, please God, be many Catholics, many non-Catholics will be there, too. Let's invite everyone to join the fun.