Holy Smoke! The Vatican Forgives John Lennon

lennon Holy Smoke! The Vatican Forgives John LennonSo, in the interest of writing about something, anything, other than Chinese Democracy (which, by the way, landed on Best Buy’s shelves yesterday), we thought we’d fill you in on yet another musical event we thought would never come to pass. It involves the Beatles and that infamous little comment John Lennon made to the Evening Standard in 1966. “Christianity will go,” he told a reporter from the paper. “It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now—I don’t know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity.” Predictably, Christians were outraged. Death-threats were made; records were burned; radio stations in the South refused to play the band’s singles. The Vatican, to say the least, was a bit miffed about the whole affair.

Well, apparently that’s all water under the bridge now. According to the UK’s Telegraph (via Listening Post), the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano has finally forgiven Lennon for the infraction in a long editorial marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ White Album. "After so many years it sounds merely like the boasting of an English working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success,” writes L’Osservatore. In fact, only “snobs” could hate on the Fab Four—a band who “gave us some of the best pages in modern pop music.” Oh, if only Lennon were alive to know the matter’s finally been settled…

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