Heaven help us, is nothing sacred? Must the entire foundation of my youth be pulled away?
What am I talking about? Well, the Vatican’s seal of approval for the Beatles, of course. According to media reports, the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has in one of its most recent editions revised the church’s judgement on John, Paul, George and Ringo, as follows:
‘It’s true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives. They even said they were more famous than Jesus. But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless. Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels.’
Of course, the reason why I and many others of my generation and since were such fans of the Beatles was because the ‘respectable’ older generation thought they were outrageous. If I had known then that, some 40 years later, the Vatican would say that it loves them, yeah, yeah, yeah, it would have rocked everything I thought I believed in.
Mind you, the Daily Telegraph also summarises the Vatican’s assessment like this:
‘In an astonishing turnaround the Church dismisses previous moral outrages including blasphemous remarks, drug taking and even the dissemination of Satanic messages through their music.’
‘Satanic messages’? Do you know, I wonder whether they have mixed up the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. That must be it, the Stones were always really an establishment outfit beneath the surface. Maybe I can relax after all, in the end.