Tom Petty Takes Aim at Catholics, Christians, Religion, Sex Abuse
Tom Petty's new CD "Hypnotic Eye" won't include the tune "Playing Dumb," but the song will appear on the vinyl release of the album.
The song is rife with controversy as it takes aim at the sex scandals in the Catholic Church and includes the lyrics: "For every confession that wasn't on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils."
"Catholics, don't write me," Petty told Billboard magazine in a recent interview. "I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can't tell anybody it's okay to kill people, and it can't abuse children systematically for God knows how many years.
"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," Petty added. "And I wouldn't give them any more money."
Petty also addressed the payouts the Catholic Church has made to some victims to keep them quiet.
"I just felt that I was being asked to play dumb," Petty stated. "That, 'Okay, well, they paid some money, so it's all over.' I don't trust that."
Petty tossed a wider net over religion in general.
"Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars," Petty said. "I've nothing against defending yourself, but I don't think, spiritually speaking, that there's any conception of God that should be telling you to be violent. It seems to me that no one's got Christ more wrong than the Christians."
Earlier this month, Pope Francis condemned the Catholic leaders who abused children and those who helped cover up the abuse for decades.
"It is something more than despicable actions," Pope Francis said, notes The Guardian. "It is like a sacrilegious cult, because these boys and girls had been entrusted to the priestly charism in order to be brought to God. And those people sacrificed them to the idol of their own concupiscence.
"There is no place in the Church's ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not," Pope Francis added.
"I beg your forgiveness... for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves. This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk," Pope Francis stated.