Protestant Heaven vs. Catholic Heaven – Simpson Style

by Steve Ray on March 29, 2020

SimpsonCatholicHeaven.jpg This got a chuckle out of me so I thought you might like it to. In a dream Marge sees Bart and Homer convert to the Catholic Church and go to Catholic heaven, leaving her behind in Protestant heaven, to her chagrin. Click HERE.

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Chris August 18, 2007 at 9:18 PM

That’s a classic Simpson’s episode! The clip is the best scene from the episode.

Dannyd1 August 18, 2007 at 10:48 PM

I thought the clip was interesting. I don’t watch the simpson’s but there is always a first.

Bob Lozano August 19, 2007 at 3:02 PM

I did chuckle when I saw it, but was somewhat uncomfortable at the same time. Yet I did show it to my wife, who chuckled by I suspect felt the same sort of discomfort.

Why, I wondered, was I a little uneasy?

Well UFR I think this sort of thing tends to diminish charity. If, as a Catholic, I poke fun at my Protestant brothers and sisters and it makes me laugh, what good is that? If the laughter was based on something that is not true isn’t this a form of calumny, and if it was true isn’t that a form of detraction?

Admittedly these are probably pretty mild, yet that underlying reality remains. If we were poking fun at ourselves then it’s probably a bit of self-deprecating humor, which if gentle enough is really a nice form of humility in action.

Then there was another point, which is a reason that, in general, I’m not a fan of Simpson-style “humor”. As C.S. Lewis points out in the Screwtape Letters, sarcasm is really the lowest form of humor. It is very easy to make, tends to make the originator think of themselves as exceedingly clever, and tends to throw the task of bearing the brunt of the sarcasm on somebody else. And in this, doesn’t isn’t it really inspired by, and in execution lead to pride?

At any rate, I did chuckle, wished I hadn’t, and in the end I don’t think this is really very helpful. Thanks for asking.

Bob Lozano

SuzieQuzie August 20, 2007 at 10:34 AM

I thought it was hilarious. We need to laugh at ourselves. This simple parody pokes fun at both. There are times when The Simpsons is brilliant in this sense. Both Catholics and Protestants can look at this and look at how others perceive them, and work to correct anything that isn’t quite Christlike.

One point my 12 year old made – did you notice that Jesus was in the Catholic heaven?

Also, as a Notre Dame fan, I liked the guy with the ND sweater!

Brent Robbins August 20, 2007 at 12:47 PM

Hi Steve,

It was pretty funny. However, I don’t really get why the Prots were all yuppies. Wouldn’t there be more rednecks? Haha.

And where are the Arabs in Catholic Heaven? Go Maronites!

Paul Primavera May 19, 2010 at 6:31 AM

Bob Lozano.

You’re thinking is screwing up your smiling. Analysis is a paralysis. The video was funny. Period. That’s all.

Sean Herriott May 19, 2010 at 7:45 AM

That was hysterical! I didn’t expect Catholic heaven to be the “fun” one.

Jeff August 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM

I needed to see this today and forward it to all my friends after yesterday’s sermon. Our deacon accused Catholics of having a skewed concept of heaven–claiming that the Church used to teach that only Catholics were allowed in Heaven.

If I had his email I would forward this to him

Thanks for the humor!

Jessica February 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM

@ Jeff….only Catholics do go to heaven. Before we can enter heaven we have to go through purification. Once this is done we all will be Catholic!

Brock Henderson February 15, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Here’s a great joke dealing with the same theme: In Heaven, an angel is leading a group of new arrivals around their new Abode. It consists, of course, of people who were members of many different sects or denominations during their earthly life, and even a few who did not have the privilege of being taught or even exposed to the Word of God by normative means. They come to a wall-enclosed area, and the group can hear voices on the other side. Somebody asks the angel who those folks are on the other side of the wall. The angel replies, “Oh, those are the Fundamentalist Protestants. They think they’re the only ones here.”

Peter Rowe November 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM

That is hilarious! I think the point was made by a convert: a Protestant views heaven in terms of only Jesus on the throne. There are no fellow rulers, no mediators. Catholics view Heaven with Jesus on the throne, but surrounded by the Blessed Virgin, Angels, and Saints, who intercede and assist Christians on earth.

Greg Hogan November 10, 2017 at 7:52 PM

Kat Kerr’s description of heaven beats em both. Hands down. :))

Gail McNaughton March 29, 2020 at 2:42 PM

This reminds me of way back when I was a teen-ager and knew zilch about Catholicism. A lot of my public high school classmates secretly envied the Catholics down the road at Mater Dei High, because we “knew” they could smoke and drink, unlike Protestants. Fast forward 32 years later, I’m in a class for Catholics, not yet a Catholic myself, and I told this story. A Catholic woman my age who had gone to a Catholic high school said, “We were thinking the same thing about you Protestants!” that’s what I saw here: there are silly stereotypes on BOTH sides. I’m not a fan of “the Simpsons” either, but this is funny because it shows a common Catholic stereotype about Protestants AND a common Protestant stereotype about Catholics in the same scene, and so we laugh – at ourselves.

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