The Vatican has finally made peace with the Beatles, saying that their drug use, ''dissolute'' lives and even the claim that the band was bigger than Jesus areall in the past -- while their music lives on.
Vatican newspaper : L'Osservatore Romano paid tribute ( hommage) to the Beatles, with two articles on them and a front-page cartoon reproducing thecrosswalk immortalized on the cover of the band's album ''Abbey Road.''
On the front page of the L'Osservatore Romano, the paper admits that the band and John Lenon in particular once said they werebiger and more famous than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic", but also asks: "what would pop music have been like without the Beatles?"
John Lennon alsosuggested that Christianity was a dying institution
in 1966 This comment outraged many Catholics and others.
The tribute marked the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup.
L’ Osservatore said that whenhe is listening to their songs,, all of this seems distant and meaningless,''and also that ''Their beautiful mélodies changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like preciousjewels (bijoux).''
It is not the first time the Vatican has praised (glorifie) the legendary band from Liverpool.
Two years ago, Vatican media acclaim the Beatles' musical legacy (héritage) on the 40thanniversary of the ''White Album.'' And the news paper eventually offered its forgiveness for these comments in an 2008 article
And last month the Vatican paper included ''Revolver'' in itssemiserious list of top-10 albums.
Now, L'Osservatore says that the Beatles' songs have stood the test of time ( ont résisté à l’épreuve du temps), and that the band remains ''the longest-lasting, mostconsistent (cohérent) and representative phenomenon in the history of pop music.''
The difference between both articles is that in the English newspaper "the guardian" the journalist thinks that the...