Musician Tim Minchin has released a song calling on Cardinal George Pell to return to Australia to face the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
The provocative song, called Come Home (Cardinal Pell), refers to the former Archbishop of Melbourne as "scum" and a "coward"
Minchin wrote it after it was announced that Pell would not be able to fly to Australia to testify at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse due to a heart condition.
Pell will instead give his testimony via videolink from Rome, where he works as the secretariat of the Vatican's economy.
The song debuted on The Project on Tuesday night. All proceeds will go towards a crowdfunding project aimed at sending sexual abuse survivors from Ballarat to Rome to watch Cardinal Pell's testimony.
Ballarat is at the centre of sexual abuse allegations involving the Catholic church in Australia. Cardinal Pell was an assistant priest in Ballarat East from 1973 to 1983. Pell has strenuously denied any knowledge of the crimes committed at Ballarat during his time there.