Genius of Beatles truly one of creation's great mysteries
In a strange way, the Vatican was perhaps right to take 40 years to reach a decision, writes Declan Lynch
THE slow response of the Vatican to recent controversies must now be seen in the context of a piece last week in L'Osservatore Romano which admits that the Beatles were actually quite good after all.
In no other publication would this be considered a contentious matter. But the Beatles have some "previous" with the official paper of the Vatican, which once described John Lennon's line about the band being bigger than Jesus as "showing off, bragging by a young English working-class musician who had grown up in the age of Elvis Presley and rock and roll and had enjoyed unexpected success".