After more than 40 years, L'Osservatore Romano says that John Lennon's famous remark that the Beatles were popular than Jesus sounds like an English working class lad struggling to cope with success.
Pollstar says the Vatican has reportedly pardoned John Lennon for his infamous 1966 remark.
The forgiveness came in a L'Osservatore Romano editorial marking the 40th anniversary of the band's influential White Album, the UK Telegraph says.
"The talent of Lennon and the other Beatles gave us some of the best pages in modern pop music, " the editorial said, and Lennon's notorious quip "after so many years sounds like an English working class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success," wrote the Vatican publication.
Christians at the time were outraged at Lennon's arrogance and burned piles of Beatles albums, while radio stations stopped playing the band's music.
The Telegraph said that 12 years later, Lennon said he was thankful for the furore he caused, saying his life with the Beatles "had become a trap."
Vatican 'Forgives' Lennon Faux Pas (Pollstar, 21/11/08)
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