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Tim - Come Home (Cardinal Pell)

I do hope you enjoy my new song.

Proceeds from its sale will go into this fund: GoFundMe – Send Ballarat Survivors To Rome

You can buy it worldwide now from iTunes or Google Play and you can stream it on Apple Music or Spotify.

It will soon be up on various other digital music outlets.

It might be rather confusing for non-Australians. I’ll put some info below for yez.


Cardinal George Pell is the most powerful dude in the Catholic Church of Australia. He’s currently working at the Vatican, but The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has demanded his presence in Australia.

But George has sent a doctor’s note saying he’s too unwell to fly.

The whole thing stinks to high hell, and many people in Australia are very, very angry…not least of all, the survivors in Ballarat, where abuse was sickeningly rife.

Pell was born and educated in Ballarat, and at one point actually lived with Gerry Ridsdale, one of the most prolific (and allegedly protected) paedophiles in Australian history. He has been accused of covering up the actions of others, and of sexually abusing a kid himself.

The church in Australia (like elsewhere in the world) knew of the actions of many of their priests, and rather than going to the police, shuffled them from diocese to diocese, facilitating their abuse rather than arresting.

The idea that Pell was unaware of the behaviour of Ridsdale (and others) is laughable to me.

Below are some links to more on this story. It’s all a bit nauseating.

Child abuse royal commission: Cardinal George Pell told priest that Gerald Ridsdale was ‘rooting boys again’, inquiry told (ABC News)

Push to fly victims to Rome grows (The Courier)

60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown digs deep into George Pell’s Melbourne Response (news.com.au)

Sharon Knight MP slams Cardinal George Pell in parliament (The Courier)

UPDATE: There’s a follow up statement here.

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Brian on 13th of December 2018

Well done Tim !!! The bastard has been found guilty on all charges, Let’s see his god save him now!

Clara Connolly on 19th of February 2018

Great song! And partly thanks to you the bastard came home, and is facing a trial next month- for what he may have done, not just what he knew.

Well done, Tim!!

Lone Holst on 30th of June 2017

Thank you for the brilliant song on the tragic subject.
Your song was played this morning in danish radio news programme.
I tried to share on FB – unsuccessfully.
Big fan of yours

N_R_BAKER on 29th of June 2017

Congratulations, sir, for your courage and honesty, and the strength of your convictions. We in Canada, have had similar child abuse issues from the Catholic Church. I salute thee, profoundly, Mr. Minchin.

Benobi on 29th of June 2017

PELL FINALLY CHARGED – your theme tune really should be playing across Australia radio channels right now.


Luka Fox on 30th of August 2016

This is an amazing song Tim like all of your work, and as a New Zealander that explanation was really helpful.
Thanks Again
Luka Fox

Jon on 19th of May 2016

Nice one Tim – I’m a big fan and absolutely loved the song. Great work.

Greg Martin on 12th of May 2016

Wish I could put it all over my FB wall. Brilliant. Sadly we have our own share of dog collared kiddy fiddlers over here to. Should all be publicly tried.

Jess on 8th of May 2016

Love this song. You put into words what so many think. Pell and the rest are cowards and scum. I bought this song when it was released in feb and can’t stop listening and playing it for anyone who hasn’t heard it. Love the pope song too! Thank you for using your fame and the platform you have to bring much needed attention to truly disgusting cover ups. You’re a musical genius and I’m really proud you’re an Aussie. BTW congrats on your Logie win tonight, that’s what bought me to your site to have a look around and I couldn’t leave without listening to this song. I think it gets better every time I hear it.

Susan Barnett on 7th of April 2016

Wild, supportive fist pump in the air from the States, Tim. Thanks!

Robyn in nz on 18th of March 2016

Good on you tim, well done.
I played your video for a 18yrld victim of childhood sexual abuse. She was completely blown away by the song. Made her feel heaps better. Rx

Rowen Matthews on 15th of March 2016

Thank you Tim!

Katie Foster on 11th of March 2016

I SO support you, Tim!
It’s about fucking time this issue got some public attention. It goes on in schools, church groups, community groups – everywhere. Personally it’s totally screwed me over. I love your song!!

Brian on 8th of March 2016

This song, the award winning movie, Spotlight, global news reports of the Royal Commission and the massive interest from the public in many countries, is no coincidence Cardinal Pell, we all want to know what you knew. Tell the truth and take what’s coming to you.

Aeterno on 4th of March 2016

Very well done

Angela on 3rd of March 2016

Thank you Tim from another Northern Irish voice! Looks like every country in the world could take your song and substitute Cardinal Pell with the cardinal of their area
. As has been mentioned Cardinal Brady was ours!!
A mention and Thank You to Spotlight team on Boston Globe. Powerful film that everyone raised Catholic should go see .

Irish Calvin on 3rd of March 2016

Hello From Ireland! Lots of us here have been following developments with interest! Love the song and just wanted to thank you Tim! What you have done is amazing! We have had many inquires and investigations in recent years and will have many more! You could say the evil first surfaced here.
We had our own Pell, Cardinal Sean Brady! He spent his career protecting pedofiles, in particular, the vile rampant abuser Fr Brendan Smyth. Smyth abused hundreds of children during his time as a Priest! The Vatican rewarded Brady by promoting him to head honcho in Ireland!
A brave courageous Priest, Bruno Mulvilhill tried to blow the whistle on Smyth. Reporting him to the Papal Nuncio, the Norbitine Order and the Vatican from 1968. He wasn’t arrested until 1994! Fr Bruno was punished and ostracized! He died when his car run off the road in suspicious circumstances
The Catholic mafia cleared out his apartment immediately, taking all his documents on the sexual abuse of children by clerics!
The enablers, Pell, Brady, Law, Mahoney, Ratzinger and Bishop Robert Cunningham of Syracuse, who in court depositions accused a young boy of being Culpable and an Accomplice to his own abuse (2011 WTF) get cushy pensions and live in Palaces!
While whistle blowers like Fr Tom Doyle are sidelined or much worse!

Arnie Kaff on 28th of February 2016

Tim, I wrote to you here a little while ago about how the wonderful Come Home song affected my relationship with my mother, oh so brilliantly for the better. Just an update! I care for my mother four days a week. As mentioned, she’s razor sharp but a little frail at 87. I walked in to her house this week to find her setting the table and singing, “Come home Cardinal Pell, we know you’re not very well …”. Ah, it lifted my spirit no end. Sad, in a way, that she’s had such trouble over the years listening to my tales of abuse (two of the three situations only divulged since the RC commenced) and – even though I have five siblings – not one of them put their hand up to accompany me to the RC. Once it was over, no one asked about it. That will always hurt. So, I blabbed anyway. “Who went with you??” My mother asked. I was then berated for taking my dear buddy, an aethiest, with me who gave me two hours of unbelievable support. “Oh, Arnie! What must she think of the Catholic Church?” Well, that horse – for most of our THINKING population – had bolted yonks ago. It is truly a thing of beauty that I am soooooo much closer to my mother, and she with me. Who knew a gifted composer, singer and comedian would fix us for good? But, Tim, I’m am not enamoured with my mother’s new taste for bad language! She’s now copying me (such a lousy influence!) and is quite at home ditching the undeserved titular niceties, swapping them for my preferred reference “effing Pell”. When do we get to vote for Australian of the Year, coz you’re it! Xx

Mathew on 27th of February 2016

Up your Steve Price.

Mathew on 27th of February 2016

You have really shone a light within the issues with the biggest spotlight than anyone else who “tried”.
You have used your medium (of music) to show the issues held within society now a days and to back up my opinion of religion corrupting society.
On behalf of Australia thank you for all your spotlighting to the world on this issue.

Alana on 27th of February 2016

As an appreciator of your mental acuity, muscianship and creativity, I thank you for your generosity in support of all who have suffered so much for so long at the hands (and other bodily parts, minds, etc.) of those who they were taught should be trusted. Regardless (dare I suggest failure in a conviction for so many who have preyed on the innocent children) of the outcome, your words have resonated with and expressed the thoughts of many people. Most importantly, you have given the victims of the atrocities a sense of support and comfort. Thank you Tim..

Harriet Warlow-Shill on 25th of February 2016

Hi Tim, have you heard of Malka Leifer? I think she deserves a song also

Renee on 25th of February 2016

Don’t know if you fully realize it but America hears your songs too.

Your other song about this topic made me turn in my former best friend who I didn’t want to believe might be capable of this type of horribleness.

Don’t know if anything ever came of it but at least it’s possible to sleep at night.

Stephen Fry once said that telling the truth is probably one of the biggest ‘sins’ out there these days.

You’ve committed a bit of a radical act: Looking directly at the faces of these victims and saying ‘I see you. I hear you. We all hurt for you’. And you made it catchy. The musical Jon Stewart.

We need your voice, now more than ever.
Thank you for your giant heart and great big brain.

Kerry Lovell on 25th of February 2016

Letter-writing Catholics, that is

Kerry Lovell on 25th of February 2016

I’m sure God would forgive you Tim (pity He doesn’t exist). Perhaps you could write a song about the hypocrisy of Catholics whose God preached forgiveness. Lucky they haven’t heard “Thank You God”…

Amanda on 25th of February 2016

Tim, it’s not hard to see why you are a hero to so many. You certainly are held in the highest regard in this household for always standing up for what you believe in and for championing those who need your help. The current situation with Cardinal Pell and his obfuscation to date is just appalling. We are totally disgusted by it.
No one wants the man to die en route to Australia, but his credibility could be restored if an INDEPENDENT medical practitioner, appointed by the Commission, deemed his health too fragile to fly. Of course this is never going to happen. They protect their own and don’t give a toss about all the harm that has been done and continues to be done to the members of their ‘flock’.
Thank you so much for speaking up for the silent majority and for using your talents to highlight this thoroughly appalling situation. Cardinal Pell sits smug in his gilded cage. Too bad about the survivors and those who took their own lives because of the shocking treatment they received at the hands of the Catholic Church. Quite obviously Pell still doesn’t understand the enormity of what has happened – and probably never will. (He thinks God is on his side – it obviously hasn’t sunk in yet that God is actually Tim Minchin in a Santa Clause beard!).

Irene on 24th of February 2016

Hi Tim, you did a great thing, supporting the victims of abuse by the Catholic Curch. That is all that counts , no matter what some people say. You are a wonderful guy!

Jenny on 24th of February 2016

Thank you Tim.

ROGER EVANS on 24th of February 2016

Brilliant voice and theatre.

Loved the beard.

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