Tom Petty Slams The Catholic Church On New Album

Tom Petty has reportedly slammed the Catholic Church and the nation's one percent in a pair of songs featured on his forthcoming release, Hypnotic Eye.

The classic rocker has made it a point to stay away from controversial topics in the past, but has now decided to bring up a few he feels strongly about in his songs.

He speaks against the Catholic Church in his song, "Playing Dumb," which appears as a bonus track on the vinyl edition of the album.

"I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have," he said in an interview with Billboard, although he adds, "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."

It's not quite clear which track mentions the nation's wealthiest one percent, but "American Dream Plan B," contains lyrics that link to the subject.

Hypnotic Eye will be released on July 29.

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