Against the backdrop of the media furore over sex offenders within the Roman Catholic Church, it has been announced that Pope Benedict XVI has found time to sanction forgiveness for the Beatles. The Vatican’s decision, announced in L’Osservatore Romano, forgives the band for various sins, and even goes as far as ‘lauding them as a “precious jewel”.
Forty four years have elapsed since John Lennon’s infamous comment that:
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first rock ’n’ roll or Christianity”.
Furthermore, with only two of the Beatles still living, the timing of this announcement seems, if nothing else, a little late in the day. If we also take into account that the Vatican forgave John Lennon personally for his comments, some two years ago, it seems unlikely that this new wave of forgiveness will have much impact on either Beatles fans or Roman Catholics.
Sound and American Religions
By Isaac A. Weiner
(Vol. 4, July 2009)
Theology and the Lure of the Practical: An Overview
By Mary McClintock Fulkerson
(Vol. 2, February 2007)
Hare Krishna Movement
From A New Dictionary of Religions