The Common Good
February 2009

Lennon Forgiven

by Rose Marie Berger, Jeannie Choi | February 2009

In November, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported that John Lennon is officially forgiven for his 1966 quip that the Beatles were “more popular than ...

In November, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported that John Lennon is officially forgiven for his 1966 quip that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” which prompted some U.S. Christians to burn Beatles albums. “The remark by John Lennon,” reported the Vatican daily, “… sounds only like a ‘boast’ by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success.”

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