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The Roman Catholic Church tries to ride Beatles’ coattails

April 15, 2010

This is just beyond ridiculous. And pretty much proves that the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church consists of a bunch of old men who wouldn’t recognize a real issue or, for that matter, a modern world if it hit them in the face. Which, by coincidence, both happen to be occurring right now.

Check out this article in the New York Times from April 12, 2010: Forty Years On, Vatican Tells The Beatles They Passed The Audition.

At a time when the Vatican could use a little positive notice in the news media, the Holy See has momentarily turned attention away from the helter skelter it has lately faced by offering its enthusiastic praise for the Beatles. [snip]

“It’s true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives,” L’Osservatore Romano wrote. “But,” the newspaper added, “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.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, is known in magician circles as “misdirection.” Direct your audience’s attention toward something you’re doing with your left hand so they won’t notice what you’re doing with your right.

And what’s the response from one of the two remaining Beatles? In the Telegraph article of April 14, 2010, Ringo Starr Rebuffs Vatican’s ‘absolution’ of The Beatles, this is the response:

“Didn’t the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic? And they’ve still forgiven us?” the 69-year-old said yesterday.

In an apparent reference to the scandal over paedophile priests that has shaken the Catholic Church worldwide, he added: “I think the Vatican, they’ve got more to talk about than the Beatles.”

The Vatican has been battling for weeks to contain scandals which have broken out in one country after another, from Ireland and Germany to Brazil and New Zealand.

Good for you, Ringo! (Though at least you didn’t have to wait 500 years like Galileo did; real up-to-date, these old guys in the Vatican.)

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