Comedian Tim Minchin Blasts Cardinal Over Sexual Abuse

Comedian’s Sad, Hilarious Song Dares ‘Coward’, ‘Scum’ Cardinal To Face Child Abuse Victims

Comedian Tim Minchin Uses New Charity Song To Blast Australian Cardinal George Pell Over Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

Australian Cardinal George Pell, who is accused of covering up cases of sexual abuse has been publicly called out by comedian Tim Minchin in a ‘dis’ charity song released to raise money to send survivors of sexual abuse to Rome to see Pell give evidence over these claims.

According to Eureka Street, Australia has set up The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to get to the bottom of sexual abuse claims at a Catholic Church in Ballarat, Australia. Cardinal Pell was told to be at the commission meeting but apparently is too sick to fly.

To avoid further delays, as the Guardian reports, the Commission is allowing Cardinal Pell to testify via a video link and therefore avoiding facing those who have been abused, and allowing him to deny allegations from a distance.

Cue Tim Minchin. Upon releasing his song “(Come Home) Cardinal Peel” he had this to say about Cardinal Pell, Chortle reports.

“The whole think 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. The idea that Pell was unaware of the behaviour of Risdale (and others) is laughable to me.”

Cardinal George Pell, who lived with convicted paedophile Gerald Risdale who was a priest at Ballarat, is reported to know exactly what was happening according to ABC.

“A man, referred to as BWE during the hearing, told the inquiry he overhead a conversation between Father Frank Madden and then-auxiliary priest George Pell at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1983. He said Father Madden asked: ‘How are things going down your way?’ He said Cardinal Pell replied: ‘I think Gerry has been rooting young boys again.’”

Because of these allegations, Tim Minchin has some strong feelings about Cardinal George Pell that he passionately put to music.

“With all respect dude, I think you’re scum.”

Wow, that’s pretty direct.

He also calls him a “pompous buffoon.”


“I hear the tolling up the bell, it has a Pell-inian nell.”

Rather dark, indeed.

“I personally believe those who cover up abuse should go to prison.”

Well, that’s cutting to the chase.

“You’re a coward, come and face the music, George.”

Tell us how you REALLY feel, Minchin. Don’t hold back!

“Your time is running out to atone Georgie, I think the lord is calling you home, Georgie, perhaps he can forgive even you if you just let them know what you knew.”

And you didn’t. You didn’t hold back at all.

On his website, Tim Minchin explains further his anger and disgust at Cardinal George Pell.

“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.”

Tim Minchin has received a lot of praise for the song and the efforts behind it, which is to raise money to send survivors to Rome to hear Cardinal Pell testify in person. And, thanks to this song, over $100,000 has been raised via crowd-funding and sales to send 15 representatives of the Ballarat and District Child Abuse Survivors group to Rome to face Cardinal Pell themselves according to Sky News Australia. This far exceeds the goal of raising $55,000.

But not everyone seems to love the song. Australian journalist and radio personality Steve Price is a harsh critic according to the Guardian.

“Now this guy is the most senior Australian Catholic in the world. He is a cardinal, regardless of what you make of it. To use your talent to just simply abuse someone from a distance, I think, is pathetic.”

Not only has Tim Minchin raised a lot of money to help get the representatives of survivors to Rome to face Cardinal Pell, he has raised awareness of the issue of sexual abuse that happened not only at Ballarat, Australia, but across the globe.

Featured image a composite using work by neknoir via Wikimedia Commons  [CC 2.0] and Gavin Scott via Wikimedia Commons [PD]

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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.