Giovanni Maria Vian, the editor in chief of L’Osservatore Romano, told The A.P. that he is a fan of the Beatles, and he minimized John Lennon’s notorious 1966 remark that the band at that time was “more popular than Jesus.” “In reality it wasn’t that scandalous,” Mr. Vian said, “because the fascination with Jesus was so great that it attracted these new heroes of the time.”
Umm, sure. What he meant to say is that Jesus was as popular as the Beatles.
Now, Ringo responds:
"Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic? And they've still forgiven us?" the 69-year-old said.
In an apparent reference to the scandal over pedophile priests that has shaken the Catholic Church worldwide, he added: "I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."
I'm about as impressed as Ringo, myself.