Rocker Tom Petty Says He Was Raised “Unconvinced” Among Southern Baptists; Takes Catholic Church to Task Over Sex Abuse

Tom Petty has ventured into the well-plowed field of Christian bashing. (Facebook)
Tom Petty has ventured into the well-plowed field of Christian bashing. (Facebook)

With a new song, Tom Petty has ventured into the well-plowed field of Christian bashing. The track, called “Playing Dumb,” takes to task the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church for how it has handled the long-running priest sex-abuse scandal.

In the lyrics, he proposes lighting a candle “For every confession that wasn’t on the level/ For every man of God that lives with hidden devils.”

The song mourns the victims of sex abuse at the hands of some Catholic clergy and takes aim at the controversial financial settlements the church eventually made. Pope Francis has estimated that 2 percent of priests may be pedophiles.

While the song didn’t make his band’s new album, Hypnotic Eye—it was hard to sequence with the rest of the tracks, says Petty—it will be included as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release, according to a profile of the frontman for The Heartbreakers in Billboard magazine.

In other comments during his Billboard interview, Petty blames many people’s misinterpretation of God as being behind “all wars.” Then he leaps to an outlandish conclusion that no one misunderstands Jesus more than Christians.

“Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars,” continues Petty. “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.”

Petty, 63, was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, but now calls Southern California home. He says he was raised “unconvinced” among Southern Baptists.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Mark Andrews

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