Monday, 24 Nov, 2008 Offbeat

Lennon Was Just Showing Off, Vatican Says


John LennonA semi-official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, which normally reports on events related to the Pope, wrote that the church from Vatican forgave John Lennon for the statement he made back in 1966 in an interview to the London Evening Standard.

The article from L'Osservatore Romano said that Lennon's 1966 statement, in which he said the his band was more popular than Jesus, was just a bragging of his band's success and nothing more.

It should be mentioned that after this statement religious people all over the world were coming out on the streets and organized demonstrative acts of burning the Beatles' records.

The article said that Lennon's statement was nothing more than bragging of a young English musician, who grew up in a working-class family in the age of Elvis Presley and rock and roll and was unexpectedly hit by enormous success.

The Vatican newspaper was marking the 40 years' anniversary of the legendary Beatles' album, self-entitled 'The White Album'.

"Christianity will go," he said. "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 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." (London Evening Standard, 1966)

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