In true fashion, the Vatican is late in making an apology.
At least this time they’re only decades late instead of centuries. Next time, maybe they’ll only be years behind the rest of us:
The Vatican’s newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a “boast” by a young man grappling with sudden fame.
The comment by Lennon to a London newspaper in 1966 infuriated Christians, particularly in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles’ albums in huge pyres.
“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,” Vatican daily Osservatore Romano said.
Bill Mutranowski of Atheist Cartoons puts it this way:
(Thanks to John for the story!)