The Vatican forgives The Beatles

What with all the news of child abuse carried out by Catholic clergymen being covered up by the highest ranking members of the Church, including the current Pope, you’d think the organisation would have more important things to be worrying about than forgiving The Beatles for something one of its members said 44 years ago. But no! The Vatican has officially forgiven John Lennon for claiming that the pop giants were bigger than Jesus in 1966. That must be a load off his corpse, eh?

The official forgiving is written is the Vatican’s own newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, and now says that Lennon’s famous comment was meaningless, something that is probably even more insulting than their original reaction. Ah, those loveable Vaticanians, can’t they get anything right?

‘It's true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives,’ says the article. ‘They even said they were more famous than Jesus. 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... (they are) the longest-lasting, most consistent and representative phenomenon in the history of pop music.’

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