How interesting that this thread has resurfaced after a few years.
I think anyone exposed to the Catholic faith and its rituals will retain a fundamental understanding of God, the Trinity, Jesus, Divinity, the Gospels, and basic things like simple prayers, and concepts such as love thy neighbor.
George and the other Beatles were swept into fame and fortune through incredible talent and popularity. The Fab 4 were extremely gifted - clearly head and shoulders above all rock and roll bands before, during, or since that time.
George, and in fact each one of them - alone, and individually, never could have attained the success they found as a group. It was magic. It was in the stars. There will never be another group like that. They changed music, and the world, as they influenced the fabric of the entire Baby Boomer generation. Through simple songs, melody, and social commentary. A lot of it was shallow, but they enjoyed poking fun at the media circus.
Of the four, Paul was probably the most gifted. It is said that he once took his guitar to school, when he was in the 10th grade (sophomore in high school). He started playing in the school yard at lunch time. Within a few minutes the entire student body formed a wide circle around him - 7 or 10 deep, as he played a few tunes. They were spellbound. He was a natural.
They were all human. As we all are. But they gave the world something enduring… the sound of music. Not all of their recordings were #1 hits. But many, many songs were.
Their talent came from God. No question. There was, and is more to the Beatles story than a few albums of popular songs. They were so good that people LOVED them. Their best recordings were Love songs. God is love. Their songs were about Peace. Those were central themes. If you detach from the persons, and recognize the love that was there, you will realize that love endures…even though the persons are gone. Their music is a constant reminder about Love.
Yes, they were a bit into drugs, etc. But that came with the territory. The work they did and the songs they recorded are enduring, and will be thoroughly enjoyed by many generations to come. I don’t worship them, but I certainly appreciate the songs and the emotions of that era.
George was quiet, and deep. He had a strong sense of spirituality, although it did not manifest in the Catholic faith. Never-the-less, it was meaningful. Nobody in the Boomer generation can say they don’t believe in God as they listen to My Sweet Lord.
George did not like the media culture. Who could blame him? I think George, and the other Beatles were driven apart by the fame and media surge. It’s too bad John was killed. If not, surely they would have come together for a second run. That would have featured the best songs by each one of them…and together.
I make no judgments about their faith, or lack of it, or involvement with Western religion / spirituality. They were seekers, as so many souls are.
But I am also glad the Catholic faith endures, and its many rituals are retained. Our time here is limited. So it is wonderful that we have a religion that has endured over the centuries, as cultures and governments have come and gone. There is so much treasure in the long history of the Church and the saints.