Vatican forgives The Beatles
Their enthusiastic pursuit of the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle also did little to convince the Vatican they were anything other than a thoroughly bad influence.
But now in a move sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church has offered the Fab Four its official seal of approval, forgiving them their various excesses and even lauding them as a “precious jewel”.
Offering the band complete absolution, the article, entitled Seven Years That Shook Music, L’Osservatore Romano said: “Its true they took drugs, lived life to excess because of their success, even said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic.
“They may not have been the best example for the youth of the day but they were by no means the worst. Their beautiful melodies changed music and continue to give pleasure.”
So, now I guess it's OK to put out mysterious devil messages as long as they are ensconced in beautiful melodies? I don't get it. Why not just admit that you were wrong, that there were no super-secret Satanic messages hidden on Beatles' records and be done with it? Why say that there might be Satanic stuff, but we're Ok with it?
Ringo Starr has issued a statement that basically says "screw you, Popey!" (link)