Vatican Tries to Distract World from Its Child Sexual Abuse Scandals by Forgiving the Beatles


Hoping (and succeeding) to get headlines other than those associated with pedophile priests, the Vatican today forgave the Beatles in a front page article in its official paper, L'Osservatore Romano

Writes the paper: "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."

The Guardian notes: "The article comes four decades after John Lennon enraged the Catholic church by saying the Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus' and suggesting that Christianity was a dying institution…The timing of its latest effusive piece on the Beatles coincides with mounting focus on the Vatican's response to claims of institutional sexual abuse within the Catholic church. The latest edition of L'Osservatore Romano acknowledged the controversy by saying there was international 'support for the Pope'."

Popehome  That "international support" is not manifesting itself in the Pope's birthplace, however, where his childhood home was vandalized with graffiti related to the church's child sexual abuse epidemic:

"The house in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn where Pope Benedict XVI was born has been vandalised just three days before his 83rd birthday, local authorities reported on Tuesday. A police spokesperson said the words daubed on the house were of “insulting content,” adding that they referred to the child abuse affair that has rocked the Church in Germany in recent months.

Police refused to reveal the exact words painted on the building in blue, which a passerby noticed on Tuesday morning. The words were quickly covered over.

Pope Benedict was born as Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927 in the small community in Upper Bavaria. Tuesday’s incident is the second time his place of birth has been vandalised. During a visit to Bavaria in September 2006 two balloons of blue paint were thrown at the house.

In July 2007 a bust of the pope outside the Traunstein parish church – where he conducted his first mass in 1951 – was covered in red paint.

Germany’s Catholic Church has been embroiled in a crisis over recent weeks as victims of widespread sexual and physical abuse continue to come forward."


  1. robert says

    > The latest edition of L’Osservatore Romano acknowledged the controversy by saying there was international ‘support for the Pope’.

    Religion always has had problems with reality.

  2. Hugh Farrell says

    It’s proof that the Beatles are more famous than Jesus and certainly more useful!

  3. Xman says

    Their losing it…LoL attack attack…pathetic Their no better than that cult religious group out in Texas that was raid because they were in breeding their kids a few years ago…

  4. owlafaye says

    Who is qualified to forgive the pope? God? OK, where is he in all this mess?

    We need empirical evidence of God’s forgiveness or then all this is a religious scam.

  5. James says

    And isn’t the sudden exhibition of the Shroud of Turin coincidental? Trying to get their most popular icons in the news.

  6. pxhguy says

    What, the newspaper can’t print anything except molestation news? The headline on this article strikes me more as something I would expect to find on Drudge.

  7. says

    Beware of men in dresses

    Who feel the need to pray

    EXCEPT those wearing make-up

    (Or, if they happen to be gay!)

    Avoid all men in dresses

    Unless they are in Drag

    And mince around in high heels

    and call themselves a ‘Fag’

    Steer clear of men in dresses

    Meaning Clergymen, not Lay

    They wear gowns whose very fabric

    Society should FRAY!

    Run a mile from men in long frocks

    Be they Bishops, Priests or Popes

    UNLESS they are Cross-Dressers

    and act in Prime-time Soaps

    If a man you know wears dresses

    UNFROCK him! Bid Goodbye!

    ‘Cos if he’s not a Queen or Tranny

    Then I fear…..the END is NIGH….

    Helga Hewston