It was March 30, 1981 and the father of one of the first Test Tube Babies was being interviewed on national TV. He was asked why he thought the Catholic Church seemed to have issues with the subject of In Vitro Fertilisation. He answered with a rather glib reference to possible sensitivities surrounding ‘the immaculate conception…’
Long story shortened… By early evening that day the father learned that Monash University had received a phone call from a senior notable of the church with the ‘suggestion’ that ‘that big-mouthed young man’ be ‘quietened down’ – or…
And so, for a while, I quietened down… But my disdain for the dogma of religion (ALL religions) continued – as did my contempt for bullies. That was the pre-Google era – but, in 1983, I discovered a book called Holy Blood and Holy Grail. Then came the internet – and Google… Dozens of stories, many conflicting and contradicting… I have no idea if this one’s true or not (and I couldn’t care less) – but if this story serves only to give the church some grief, it’s OK by me.
I’m going to give you just one link – and you can do the rest – if you’re interested… I’m not going to preach… I don’t like preachers!