Lennon had been speaking to Maureen Cleave, a talented and insightful journalist whose youth and style elevated her to the level of a peer.
The rest of the British press, always ready to pounce on anything noteworthy from the Fab Four, ignored it as well.
The quote didn't garner a single news bulletin or comment from any columnist or editorialist.
"We used to get a number of Catholic priests showing up at our gigs, and we'd do a lot of debating backstage. We'd say, ' You should have gospel singing – that'll pull them in.
You should be more lively, instead of singing hackneyed old hymns.
Lennon's interview took place at the leafy estate that he shared with his wife, Cynthia, and young son, Julian, in the London suburb of Weybridge.