One of the immediate events following Vatican II was the invasion of Beatlemania. Along with it, there came the nebulous Eastern philosophies that took many from their traditional Catholic Faith.
Liverpool — the home of the Beatles — was specifically infused with Catholic culture as a port on the Irish Sea. Liverpool has more Catholics than any other city in England because it has more Irish people. They originally came in droves to flee the starvation of the 1840s potato famine.
McCartney was Irish on both sides of his family; he was baptized as a Catholic. George Harrison had a very devout Catholic mother; he, too, was baptized as a Catholic.
Then what happened with the Beatles? I think that you have to look at the man-made changes in the Church. Vatican II, for the first time, promoted the image that the Catholic Church was no better than any other religion: that truth merely “subsists” in the Church.
Previously, under Pope Pius XII, Catholic parents were very protective of their children. The Mystical Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, holds the complete Truth; there was no reason to jeopardize the relationship with its Head, Jesus Christ, by mingling with others that completely challenged this bond.
John Lennon was Irish on his father’s side but was never baptized; his father deserted the family immediately after his son’s birth. Lennon was strongly anti-Christian; he vacillated between Marxism and Maoism until his death. As with all man-made liberalism, he illustrated the height of his hypocrisy by lecturing on peace and brotherhood even though he went years without seeing his son from his first marriage.
Be careful of your friends or you, like George Harrison, will trade your place in Heaven for your ashes being deposited in the Ganges River.
At the height of his pride, John Lennon said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. And John Paul II allowed Bob Dylan, a nihilist, to entertain youths? What purpose? “Like a Rolling Stone”? Like John Lennon’s “Imagine”?