Tom Petty’s New Album Includes a Track Condemning the Catholic Church for Covering Up Sexual Abuse

Singer Tom Petty‘s new album Hypnotic Eye comes out later this month and the vinyl edition includes a bonus track all about sex abuse victims in the Catholic Church. In an interview with Billboard magazine, he explained the motivation behind the song “Playing Dumb”:

“I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK 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. And I wouldn’t give them any more money.

Too bad this is a bonus track and not on the actual album… (come to think of it, “Free Fallin’” would also be a good name for a song about the Catholic Church.)

The song hasn’t been released yet, but if it becomes available online, I’ll post a link to it.

(Thanks to Jaynee for the link)

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