Vatican Buries Hatchet with Beatles
More than 40 years since the Beatles agitated the Catholic Church when John Lennon famously claimed that the band was more popular than Jesus, the Vatican has finally decided to let bygones be bygones. On the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ break up, the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said that no matter how “dissolute and uninhibited” the lives that the Beatles lived, there is no denying that their music lives on.
The paper said “it’s true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives…but, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless.” L’Osservatore added that the Beatles’ songs “changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels.”
The Vatican paper allocated two articles and a cartoon of the Beatles’ now-famous “Abbey Road” album cover in its front page, as a tribute to the 40th year since the Fab Four disbanded.