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- Posted on Apr 15th 2010 5:45AM by Barnaby Smith
As previously reported in Spinner, the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, had published an article sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI in which the Beatles were praised for their "beautiful" music and absolved for their rock star decadence and experiments with drugs. In a front-page editorial, the paper described the band as a "precious jewel" as well as finally letting Lennon off the hook for his words to journalist Maureen Cleave.
The paper said the Beatles "said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic" yet admits, "what would pop music be like without the Beatles?"
Starr, however, is unimpressed, stating this week, "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us?"
He added, in a reference to the current scandal over paedophile priests in the Catholic Church, "I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."
This latest coverage of the Beatles in L'Osservatore Romano comes two years after the Vatican initially expressed their forgiveness for the band's hedonistic ways in the '60s, the 2008 article celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of 'The Beatles',' a record that according to the Vatican is a "magical musical anthology."