Henry Scott Tuke: The Bathers, 1888
known as the Archdiocese
of St. Paul-Minneapolis has
offered up a lot of information
about child pornography (not
to mention child molestation
and pedophile priests).
church leadership in this
Mississippi River town have
sat on their hilltop bluff in
St. Paul sneering at law
enforcement, the courts,
and the community. The
Summit Avenue leadership
has had no qualms about
operating the Chancery
in a manner reminiscent
of the Chicago mobsters
who once found a haven
from law enforcement in
the Minnesota wilderness.
about how these so-called clergy have engaged in obstruction, evidence tampering, intimidation, nonfeasance, and abetting predators to pervert the course of justice. The only difference is that nearly every bad actor under this Big Top of criminal deceit has gone scot free, never to see the inside to jail cell, never to serve a prison sentence.
Rounding out this group is Robert J. Carlson, archbishop of St. Louis. The number of child molesters whom they have championed has never been tabulated properly and they prohibited any forensic analysis to disclose in the courts or the public arena.
Sally Mann: Popsicle Juice, 1985
glimpse at images that have
been controversial in their
time, but have survived the
“dirty pictures” test through
litigation, critical analysis,
and artistic merit.
review the photography of
Sally Mann and Jock Sturges. Each has produced work often described as pictorial, surreal, aligned with sensual romanticism. They tend to work with soft focus so that the subject matter is not highly refined. They are not avant garde.
Sally Mann: Untitled, 2005
He is in the limelight of controversy for producing distinct kind
Jock Sturges: Antoine et Julien, Montalivet, France, 2002 (Detail)
an abstract structure.
Jock Sturges: Tristan, La Jenny, France
In November 1997, Barnes & Noble was indicted on obscenity charges in Williamson County, Tenn., for selling two books by Sturges and one by David Hamilton that contain photographs of nude children at its store in Brentwood, Tenn., a Nashville suburb.
Sally Mann: Candy Cigarette, 1985
His works are in the collection of many places, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Musée de la Louviere, Brussels; the Milwaukee Museum of Art; and the Portland Museum of Art.
Francisco Goya’s “Naked Maja” (1800) is said to be the first painting to display
the female pelvis with pubic hair (confiscated by the Spanish Inquisition in 1813).
Henry Scott Tuke: The Sunbathers
Some art historians believe that da Volterra also scraped away the offending parts and painted on top of freshly-applied plaster. Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, afraid that the original was going to be destroyed, commissioned Marcello Venusti to paint a copy of the Last Judgment in 1549. This tempera painting on wood is provides a historical narrative of the censored fresco.
In 1504, Michelangelo’s David created a stir in Florence: the locals pelted the statue with rocks. Leonardo da Vinci is recorded to have said the statue needs “decent ornament” — to cover the penis out of respect for Christian modesty. Pope Innocent X (1644-1655) started the original fig-leaf campaign, chiseling the exposed phalluses off Roman statues and fitting each sculpture with a more ‘modest’ leaf. The systematically defacing of art for religion continued through Pope Pius IX (1846-1878).
Henry Scott Tuke: “Charlie Mitchell,” Boy on a Beach
in length, was made in London soon after the statue’s arrival and attached to the statue to spare the blushes of visiting female dignitaries. Tin fig leaves had been used on other nude male statuary during the early years of the Museum.
Henry Scott Tuke: Noonday Heat
Henry Scott Tuke: Lovers of the Sun
It appears that Nienstedt is resuscitating career of the Rev. Robert J. Altier as a moral educator. Flynn, a shoddy and disgraceful clergyman himself, censored this so-called preacher and teacher in 2004 because he campaigned against the Charter to Protect Children and Young People and tried to broadside the Virtus sex education program, using his national pulpit at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) to promote these attacks.
Rev. Robert J. Altier
St. Paul, Minn.
or parents. He is the first of many
so-called preachers to be removed
for their unsavory work as quacks
and con artists: e.g. John Corapi
(alleged womanizing), Thomas
Euteneuer (sexual assault), Ken
Roberts (who was discovered hiding
out in the Diocese of Jefferson City),
Francis Mary Stone (now Dave
Stone, alleged groping scandal
and now, apparently, married),
and Benedict Groeschel.
As victims, we no longer need men like these to shape our response to their misdeeds or suppress their secrets. Secrets are the source of our weakness. If we live with secrets, we live in shame. We live in silence. We live in fear.
We cannot allow another systematic campaign to protect pedophile priests and other sexual predators. Otherwise we will end up with another generation of leaders like Anthony J. O’Connell, the former bishop of Knoxville, Tenn., and Palm Beach, Fla., who created a collage of clergy abuse as the rector of St. Thomas Seminary, Hannibal. Feel free to refresh this case in Childproof 20, Childproof 21, and Childproof 30, and Childproof 18.
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