Tom Petty Bashes Catholic Church for 'Abusing Children for Generations'

Frontman discusses fresh song "Playing Dumb," streaming upcoming new album "Hypnotic Eye" in full, more inside.

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Discussing his upcoming new album "Hypnotic Eye," rock icon Tom Petty focused on the "Playin' Dumb" track, touching on the controversial issue of child abuse among Catholic priests.

Although the song is only the record's bonus track, it did serve as quite an attention grabber. Chatting with Billboard, the musician pointed out that he isn't taking a jab agains Catholicism in general.

"I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have," he kicked off. "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."

Discussing the album in general, Petty dubbed the release a political effort, but not the one taking the left or right side. Taking aim at the greed of One Percent, the frontman stated, "Very few people know how to handle power and once they just become completely immoral, they're dangerous people. That attitude is what, to me, wipes out the middle class."

Tom also talked about the "All You Can Carry" track, a song about grabbing a Hohner bass from his house as it was burning down. Interestingly enough, Petty lived in not one, but two houses that caught fire.

"I grabbed that and went, 'Hell, is this going to happen to me twice in my life where everything I own is just wiped out?' And then I thought, 'Well, I'm OK with that.' Because things come back, but people don't," he said.

Finally, Petty and the Heartbreakers are streaming "Hypnotic Eye" in full (via NPR). The album's due out on July 29 via Reprise Records, make sure to give it a listen, the track listing's also right below.

"Hypnotic Eye" track listing:

01. American Dream Plan B
02. Fault Lines
03. Red River
04. Full Grown Boy
05. All You Can Carry
06. Power Drunk
07. Forgotten Man
08. Sins of My Youth
09. U Get Me High
10. Burnt Out Town11. Shadow People12. Playin' Dumb (bonus track)

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    Doctors have raped children plenty of times. Does that mean you don't want anything to do with the medical field? No. The Catholic Church will always have it's Judas'. But always remember, you don't leave Jesus because of Judas.
    I will also add here that the RCC through Catholic Charity's and other affiliated Catholic programs does a great job of helping people through social welfare programs, no matter what race, relgion, etc. that they are. President Obama himself even did work for them back in the 80's for 3 years, for 12 parishes in the Chicago area. p.s. Sinead O' Conner on SNL tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II this reminds me of during the 90's, maybe Tom will do the same someday?
    I know many people from the South like Tom are anti-Catholic (though I know a few from the South whom actually are Catholic) and it's not just The RCC that has sex abuse and scandals (The RCC is a high profile church that gets lot's of scrutiny and media attention plus it's corruption from certain people, like almost every human organization has) It's Baptist, Luthern, Protestant and many other churches that have problems with pedophiles, child molesters and abusers, and other problems as well. Tom has a right to say what he wants, there are statistics somewhere where you can compare sex abuse scandals from differant Christian denominations and I really wished that Tom would have done a comparison, esp. maybe using FBI and BLS data, etc. Also Pope Francis said the RCC has around 2% of pedophiles amongst it's priests and bishops and hopefully more will be done to combat it and punish offenders or exile them from the RCC.
    Is raping little kids really that big a deal?
    ...uh... YUP!
    Jeez, people are so sensitive these days.
    I'm guessing you're being sarcastic, but it's really not that witty nor edgy if were going that low - Just quit it dude.
    No no I'm serious. I can't find a single thing wrong with brutally raping innocent kids.
    well you should be reported to your local FBI and see how they love the "joke", youre a f u c k i n tard
    wow man, molestation is no joke, if i had kids, i would gladly go to jail for murdering anyone who molested my child. you are ****ed up