More than forty years after John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, the Vatican has given the Fab Four its blessing.
In 1966, Lennon shocked Christian’s around the world with his comments, adding that Christianity would “vanish and shrink”.
But now, four decades later, all seems to be forgiven.
In a front page article headlined “Seven Years That Shook Music”, The Roman Catholic Church’s offical newspaper has absolved the British bad boys for their wild ways and credits them for their achievements.
“The Osservatore Romano commented that in reality it wasn’t that scandalous, because the fascination with Jesus was so great that it attracted these new heroes of the time,” said Giovanni Maria Vian, editor-in-chief of The Osservatore Romano.
“I like the beatles a lot, naturally,” he added.
This unexpected praise is not the first time the church has recognised the Beatles.
Earlier this year their Revolver album topped the Vatican’s all time Top Ten.
What would John Lennon have thought?