Description For more than a decade the Roman Catholic Church has obfuscated, denied, and evaded responding to charges of priestly pedophilia. Instead of finding compassion with the sexually abused children, far too often Catholic priests, bishops, and cardinals have identified with their fellow clergy. While former assistant football officials at Penn State alsolooked the other way regarding the sex crimes committed by coach Jerry Sandusky, Penn State must be recognized, however, for commissioning a completely unrestrained investigation byformer FBI Director Louis Freeh; his report concluded that Penn State officials engaged in a cover-up that allowed Sanduskys sexual assaults on children to continue for years. Removing the statue of head coach and revered, Joe Peterno, Penn State should be commended. The head coaches willingness to turn a blind eye on Sanduskys abuse of children was publicly and rightly denounced. In a shocking contrast to the indifference of the Vatican, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) also took the higher road; it sided promptly and definitely with the victims with a very harsh ruling sending a powerful message to collegiate athletic programs elsewhere in the United States. The NCAA made it clear that neither the sex crimes of Sandusky nor the see no evil, hear no evil response of Paterno and other Penn State officials will be tolerated.Many of us hope that this will reverberate even further, maybe even to the dark halls of the more powerful Vatican, where the knowledge of decades of sexual abuse of children accumulates and yet remains under lock and key. The Vatican has not undertaken or cooperated with anything like the independent Freeh investigation to unearth how its institution lost its way.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)