Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Don't Pass Me By. Don't Make Me Cry. On second thought....

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 14, 2010

L'Osservatore Romano is prepared to forgive the Beatles for their offenses against Christian morality, in light of their "magical mystery tour creative alchemy." This is exciting news for those who are still living in the early 1970s. 

Beatle drummer Ringo Starr, who lives in 2002, is having none of it. "I think [the Vatican] has more to talk about than the Beatles," he says. Of course Starr is referring to the sex-abuse crisis. He finds it odd that, with every other media outlet carrying stories about the Pope's alleged mishandling of that issue, the Vatican newspaper finds time to talk about the Beatles. Point taken. 

The problem here is that L'Osservatore Romano seems to care about the pop music of a bygone era. Ringo doesn't care what the Vatican thinks of him. Under ordinary circumstances, frankly, I wouldn't care what he thinks of the Vatican. But in this case he's right: the Vatican has more to talk about than the Beatles.

 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,991 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,008.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 5 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Apr. 18, 2010 9:09 AM ET USA

    @Dr Jazz - Art Blakey fan here. Ringo - an Instrument Owner? Nice! I must remember that one...

  • Posted by: kman - Apr. 15, 2010 9:44 AM ET USA

    The Beatles are current for the Italians. They still call clubs 'discos.'

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Apr. 15, 2010 9:20 AM ET USA

    The Vatican newspaper's campaign to be "relevant" is making the newspaper truly irrelevant and pathetic.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Apr. 15, 2010 6:48 AM ET USA

    Jazz musicians have a term for people like Ringo: Instrument owner.

  • Posted by: benjohnfischer4971 - Apr. 14, 2010 9:14 PM ET USA

    The sunshine of society is shining pretty low when Ringo Starr looks like the smart one in any discussion.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 21 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 23 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17