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Pope’s press forgives John Lennon for Jesus remark

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 22, 2008 | 11:16 pm

The Be Sharps

More than 40 years after John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus—a comment that infuriated Christians, some of whom burnt Beatles records in protest—the Vatican’s newspaper is willing to bury the hatchet:

“The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years 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 newspaper, Osservatore Romano, reported.

The article went on to praise the Beatles for its “unique and strange alchemy of sounds and words.” No word on whether the pope has forgiven the Be Sharps.

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