It’s hard to believe the Vatican isn’t able to muster up the crowds these days in Europe and America with this kind of silliness. But to be fair to the Church, at least they did not try him, find him guilty and burn him at the stake as they did with Joan of Arc though it wouldn’t surprise me if a few local leaders didn’t at least think about it.
The Vatican’s newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a “boast” by a young man grappling with sudden fame.
The comment by Lennon to a London newspaper in 1966 infuriated Christians, particularly in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles’ albums in huge pyres.
But time apparently heals all wounds.
“The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years sounds only like a ‘boast’ by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll,” Vatican daily Osservatore Romano said.