Tom Petty has a few choice words for the Catholic Church, and they’re not about to win him any friends.
A bonus track on his new album, “Hypnotic Eye,” entitled “Playing Dumb,” addresses victims of the Catholic Church’s sex abuses over the last several decades. It will appears a bonus track on the new album’s vinyl release.
Petty unloaded more direct criticism of the church and it’s adherents in an interview with Billboard:
“I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have… [But] if I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club. And I wouldn’t give them any more money.”
Petty isn’t the first artist to take on Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. In 1992, Sinead O’Connor unexpectedly ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on the stage of Saturday Night Live to protest the sex abuse in the church. Billboard quoted several lines from the song to illustrate the sense of distrust towards the church: “For every confession that wasn’t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils.”
Kudos to Petty. While I’m not a fan of rock-and-roll, I’ll still give this song a listen. It’s good to be reminded that not all artists are conceited one-percenters who are blind to the needs and suffering of others.