Vatican Makes Peace with The Beatles-Folly or Genius?
The news seems to keep getting worse for the Vatican in terms of its PR posture. First and most important, is the on-going child abuse scandal.
Adding to its woes, the editor of the Vatican's weekly newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has decided it's time to make peace with The Beatles.
From the weekend edition: "It's true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives. They even said they were more famous than Jesus. But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless."
For an institution that measures time in millennia, is 44 years that long ago? And here's John Lennon's 1966 quote. Decide for yourself if, from the Vatican's perspective, it ought to be considered meaningless:
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first — rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.