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Vatican to Lennon: We'll Let it Be

11/23/2008 12:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Vatican has finally gotten over that little thing John Lennon said back in 1966 -- that The Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ.

The Vatican newspaper, according to MSNBC, now says the remark "sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll."

The story in Vatican Daily Osservatore Romano went on to praise The Beatles on the 40th anniversary of The White Album -- apparently they're fine with the Charles Manson theme song "Helter Skelter," "Revolution," and "Why Don't We Do it in the Road."

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da.


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funk oozin out my clitney    

Lennons quote was totally taken the wrong way,I think he what was tryin to convey was that the new rock music an pop culture was surpassing religon in popularity..

2129 days ago

william gross    

John said only that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, a fairly accurate observation at the time. I never had the impression he thought it was good thing.

2129 days ago


The Vatican shows it understands what Lennon was going through. Then your article turned to crap with the "apparantly their fine with..." not funny, grow up.

2129 days ago


Sorry, but this was a stupid question.

2129 days ago


With all the dictators, murderers, and evil leaders in the world and this is who they struggled for 42 years to forgive?....meanwhile, they tell us to forgive everyday of our lives....

2129 days ago


wow!!! they have forgiven the beatles after 42 years... that's sooooo big of them!!!!
he was a rock n' roll singer, just get over yourselves!!!!

2129 days ago


4. With all the dictators, murderers, and evil leaders in the world and this is who they struggled for 42 years to forgive?....meanwhile, they tell us to forgive everyday of our lives....

Posted at 11:36AM on Nov 23rd 2008 by Mother Theresa

It was only in 1992 that the Pope conceded that the earth revolved around the sun, and forgave Galileo, hundreds of years after the proof.

2129 days ago

Mr J    

Lennon's quote:
"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I do not know what will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity...We're more popular than Jesus now."

With "under god" being removed from the pledge of allegiance in schools, our new coins, etc, it appears Mr Lennon was right 40+ years ago. And today, the Jonas Brothers are more popular to the kids these days than Jesus. Umm.. I am sure Mr Lennon never wore a Purity Ring.

2129 days ago


Evil is everywhere. I see it on this signt right now. God is not someone I would cross.

2129 days ago


As I recall, Lennon said it as a complaint. He did not like being chased, mobbed and all the screaming when he was performing. He especially didn't like reporters asking stupid questions and making lame comments. The remark was a sarcastic kick at what was happening to him and society.

2129 days ago


Why are we even discussing this?

2129 days ago

Savea Metusela    

I don't know whether there was rock and roll when Noah was building the Ark or when the Children of Israel roamed the Sinai and when Moses parted the Red Sea but Im willing to bet religion and Jesus will still be here when every loud obnoxious guitar and its filthy lyrics become obsolete in the future-------replaced by angelic harps and sensible heavenly choirs heheheheh

2129 days ago


Jesus is a fictional character.

2129 days ago


Why is approval from the Vatican important to a dead musician anyway?

2129 days ago

Independent for Barack    

Jesus looks like a terrorist

2129 days ago
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