Bishop’s attack on Lennon’s Imagine: Senior Catholic says song is ‘heart-chilling vision’ that has misled world over the causes of war

John Lennon’s anthem Imagine is a ‘heart-chilling vision’ that has misled the world about the causes of war, a senior Roman Catholic bishop said yesterday.(Mon)

Lennon’s song is just a lazy repetition of the ‘ill-founded belief’ that religion causes wars, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Right Reverend Mark Davies, said.

But the wars of the 20th century were inspired by secular and anti-Christian ideologies, the Bishop said.

He condemned the 1971 Lennon song in a Christmas homily calling for recognition of the Christian nature of the festival at a time when, he said, schools, public officials and state institutions are trying to sweep away any connection between religion and seasonal celebrations.