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Vatican Newspaper Absolves The Beatles

In the rush of events we almost missed these wondrous tidings from the UK’s Telegraph:

Vatican forgives The Beatles for ‘bigger than Jesus’ comment

At the height of their fame The Beatles enraged the Roman Catholic Church by famously declaring they were bigger than Jesus.

By Nick Pisa in Rome and Martin Evans in London
11 Apr 2010

Their enthusiastic pursuit of the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle also did little to convince the Vatican they were anything other than a thoroughly bad influence.

But now in a move sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church has offered the Fab Four its official seal of approval, forgiving them their various excesses and even lauding them as a “precious jewel”.

In a front page article the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, offers a glowing assessment of The Beatles’ achievements 40-years after they split, heralding their “beautiful melodies” and begging the question “what would pop music have been like without the Beatles?”

In an astonishing turnaround the Church dismisses previous moral outrages including blasphemous remarks, drug taking and even the dissemination of Satanic messages through their music.

While recognising that John, Paul, George and Ringo, were no saints during their time in The Beatles, the Vatican assures followers they were by no means the worst behaved rock and rollers of their generation.

Offering the band complete absolution, the article, entitled Seven Years That Shook Music, L’Osservatore Romano said: “Its true they took drugs, lived life to excess because of their success, even said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic.

“They may not have been the best example for the youth of the day but they were by no means the worst. Their beautiful melodies changed music and continue to give pleasure.”

It went on: “Forty years later the Beatles still astound with their originality and they are a consolation against the continual assault on music lovers by the record industry.”

And referring to the band’s acrimonious split in April 1970, the article added: “Rather then expressing regret at their break up perhaps the question should be what would pop music have been like without the Beatles?”

The glowing praise may come as a surprise to many Catholics, given the band’s very public attacks on organised religion.

John Lennon sparked international condemnation by Christians of all denominations when he famously declared in 1966 that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus.

In an interview he said: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first rock ’n’ roll or Christianity.”

At the time Catholic church was at the forefront of the attacks on the remarks, but two years ago forgave Lennon for his comments, insisting it had merely been the “boasting of an English working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success”.

While Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison were baptized as Catholics, neither followed the faith.

In the late 1960s all four members of the band became fascinated with Eastern mysticism and Harrison later became a devoted follower of the Hare Krishna movement.

Earlier this year Ringo Starr, who turns 70 in July, admitted he had finally found religion saying: “For me, God is in my life. I don’t hide from that. I think the search has been on since the 1960s.”

Forty years ago they broke up? How time flies.

Of course in view of all of the news coming out about the Catholic Church in Europe, the Beatles’ "decadent" lifestyle doesn’t seem to be quite so decadent in retrospect.

But what a terrible indictment of the state of our culture it is that there has not been much pop music worth listening to since the Beatles closed up shop.

Imagine how we would have mocked our parents in the 1960s if they were still grooving on Rudy Vallee records from the 1920s?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Vatican Newspaper Absolves The Beatles”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    It took longer for Galileo to gain redemption. And he was, in fact, right all along.

    From my early teachings as a child, I learned to never listen to organized religion “groupthink” and instead, rely on common sense and what I know is right based on the facts I have at hand at the moment, as well as understanding that on that basis, I may be wrong and have to change my view(s).

    • jobeth says:

      …” I learned to never listen to organized religion “groupthink”…

      Very wise Rusty. My own thoughts are to align with the Word…and the rest is between me an my maker.

      I’ve found its much safer that way. I only have to worry about redemption from one Source then.

    • eMuse5 says:

      Whoa, whoa, whoa, this is perilously close to the liberals’ “it doesn’t matter what you believe in as long as it makes you happy, organized religion is evil” hokey nonsense. Care to rephrase?

      Taking in this thread as a whole, I, for one, would expect at least more enthusiastic support of the Catholic Church from this conservative bastion of blogs. What is the one institution that sticks to its guns no matter what silly feminist/environmental/paganistic/socialistic/communistic fads are in vogue? The Catholic Church.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      The Catholic church doesn’t follow fads? Good one eMuse5! And yes before you ask, I’m an ex-Catholic.

    • eMuse5 says:

      Are you implying that the Church does follow PC social “fads”? That would explain why there are women priests to appease the feminists, and why contraception is allowed for people who want limitless sex without consequence, and why there’s no problem whatsoever with gay marriage, just so “equal marriage rights” supporters are satisfied. Wait a minute–none of these are true!

      I’m not positive what your being an ex-Catholic has to do with these points. Did you leave the Church with a darkened heart because you realized that it follows the latest social fads? Clarify?

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      The church would do everything you listed if it would put more a**es in the pews and filled the collection plates more. It would never fly in the church’s profitable areas of the world such as S. America, Eastern Europe, Italy & the US. That is the only reason those things haven’t happened.

      I don’t know if I have a “darkened heart”. I do however know that I have no tolerance for hypocrisy and I saw loads of it while I was an altar boy.

  2. proreason says:

    Frankly, I’d rather the Catholic Church stick to its guns…..even though I frequently disagree with the teachings.

    Isn’t it possible to applaud and appreciate the Beatles music without giving them the “official seal of approval” from one of the few moral authorities left in the world, other than Sharia law and Obamy’s current brain-fart on any topic, of course.

  3. philmarlowe says:

    Lennon’s remarks in 1966 seem rather tepid by today’s standards. Sadly, John has been proven correct in many ways. I never got the impression that he was endorsing the decline of Christianity.

    I read somewhere that Paul and Linda had a Catholic ceremony or blessing of their marriage after the civil union.

    George, more than the others, seemed to have an anti-Catholic bias. Listen to his words on “The Lord is Awaiting on You All” on All Things Must Pass.

    There are no overt Satanic messages in Beatles music. Certainly people were led astray by their worldly viewpoint, but the same could be said of the music of Sinatra, Elvis or most other pop artists.

    • Steve says:

      George never seemed to like anything.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “George never seemed to like anything.”

      Indeed, the key to some artists “genius” is depression. Van Gogh, Mozart, Beethoven, many a film-maker, etc etc. Without it, many of the more inspired, pure works of art may not have existed.

      In my young life, it was important to be able to enjoy the art, without necessarily having to embrace the artist for anything but their talent. That’s a right the observer always has. I feel much the same about movie stars.

      Extraordinary talent in the recording booth does not a wise person make or soothsayer or omniscient sage. In fact, usually the opposite is true but they tend to use their popularity to tell the rest of us untalented hacks what we’re doing wrong. And yet, I’ve never been on the front page of The Enquirer, or on TMZ or caught going nuts at the DMV (much as the opportunity has arisen).

      I call the non-talented folks “normals”.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    This may yank a few here but I have to say it…….
    “The Beatles never harmed any young boys.”

    This just in from the Vatican………. (crickets).

  5. philmarlowe says:

    Robert Christgau once said that the problem with the Beatles was that there were three guys who thought they were geniuses when in fact John was the only genius.

    There are John fans and there are Paul fans. But only one of them wrote “Hey Jude.”

  6. canary says:

    Didn’t know the Beatles were in the Pope’s going to hell book. Money, saved Ted Kennedy’s soul.

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