I’m sure Beatles fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief when the Vatican announced recently that it had forgiven John Lennon for saying 40 years ago that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ.
What a crock-of-shit media spin that was.
Lennon said in the spring of 1966 what many ordinary people say regularly nowadays: Jesus was all right, but his followers are a drag.
Here’s the exact quote:
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now – I don’t know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
But of course, idiotic journalists spun it to suit their needs and make a huge controversy out of it.
Here’s a not-quite-contrite Lennon a few months later explaining what he meant by the comment:
Lennon’s Jesus comment was also a critique of young people around the world putting more emphasis on the words of John Lennon than they did the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Now, the Roman Catholic Church, in its latest effort to appear less stodgy, has “forgiven” him, which is ironic because John Lennon’s music has done more to promote the ideas of universal peace, harmony, and love in the past 40 years than the church has done in its history.