DescriptionFor 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 also looked the other way regarding the sex crimes committed by coach Jerry Sandusky, Penn State must be recognized, however, for commissioning a completely unrestrained investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh; his report concluded that Penn State officials engaged in a cover-up that allowed Sandusky’s 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 Sandusky’s 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, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.