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- Posted on Apr 13th 2010 6:00AM by Chris Mugan
In the issue of the Vatican's semi-official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, on Sunday April 11, opinion pieces drew attention to John Lennon's infamous remark that his band were "bigger than Jesus" and the Beatles' experimentation with illicit substances.
"It's true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives," the paper said. "They even said they were more famous than Jesus and put out mysterious messages that were possibly even Satanic. But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless. Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels."
This is just the latest sign of a warming of the Vatican's attitude towards the group, The Independent reported. When Lennon made his comments in 1966, he offended Christians around the world, and it was only in 2008 that L'Osservatore suggested forgiveness, in a tribute to mark the 40th anniversary of 'The White Album.' Then, it dismissed Lennon's comment as a youthful joke.
In February this year, the same paper included the Beatles' 'Revolver' in a list of Top 10 album which also included Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' and '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' by Oasis, a band led by two lapsed Catholics, Noel and Liam Gallagher.