652 Face the Music, Cardinal Pell

“Perhaps you will come home and frickin’ sue me!” … the closing words in Tim Minchin’s song. If only! It would make our day. Daisy Dumas (SMH) has a good grip on the story, nothing much to add there …

Daisy Dumas 

Newsmaker (excerpt): 

Mud thrown by Tim Minchin's insult-hurling whirl of a protest song 

has stuck to Cardinal Pell

"The Vatican may sit in gilded resplendence, its 108 acres armed by the Swiss Guard, centuries of faith and theism. But men in striped, ballooning pantaloons, feathered helmets and theatrical halberds are no match for a single, three-minute message. Tim Minchin's song Come Home (Cardinal Pell) has spread through the gates of the internet, along the braying corridors of social media and into the reach of every smartphone and computer user on the planet, including those within the Roman city state's intimidating walls.


"Search for the name of Sydney's former archbishop George Pell this week and you'd have most likely landed on a song written and performed by Perth-raised comedian Minchin.

"Written, recorded and edited in a total of three days, Come Home (Cardinal Pell) has been praised as the "pitch-perfect protest song", as it carefully tiptoes from sweet deference to an insult-hurling whirl.


"I want to be transparent here, George, I'm not the greatest fan of your religion, and I personally believe that those who cover up abuse should go to prison," sings Minchin on the track, released on Tuesday.


"But your ethical hypocrisy, your intellectual vacuity, and your arrogance don't bother me as much as the fact that you have turned out to be such a goddamn coward."


"No amount of purple liturgical silk could protect the cardinal from the wrath of his fellow Australians on social media as Minchin's ditty worked its magic, a smartly timed hand grenade thrown into a cauldron of deeply scarred sexual abuse victims, pissed-off onlookers and law-abiding citizens who see the double standards at play in the upper echelons of the church. If the cardinal is well enough to attend mass at St Peter's Basilica, they reason, he may be well enough to board a flight to Australia to appear in person before the child sex abuse royal commission."