In an time when the world’s economy is crumbling, where political upheaval has tested the faith of the world, and people are looking to God for help, the world’s largest religious institution has come up with a crucial statement to guide people through these tough times: The Catholic Church is totally cool with John Lennon and the Beatles now.
L’Osservatore Romano, a Vatican newspaper, published an editorial forgiving John Lennon for his controversial 1966 statement that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. The weirdest part of it is that the editorial basically uses the "he was from a poor family" argument in Lennon’s defense:
The article said that Lennon‘s comments had been "showing off, bragging by a young English working-class musician who had grown up in the age of Elvis Presley and rock and roll and had enjoyed unexpected success".
The article is purportedly in honor of the 40th anniversary of The White Album, but since there basically isn’t a year left anymore where it’s not some sort of Beatles anniversary, the timing does seem weird nonetheless.
This strange announcement raises multiple questions, and not just "Why now?" Woud John Lennon have wanted the Church’s forgiveness? By announcing their forgiveness, is the Church actually subverting Lennon’s beliefs against organized religion? Does it really take the Church that long to forgive people? What impact does the church want or expect this to have, if any? Either way, it’s an important note for Beatlemaniacs, but bizarre for just about everyone else.