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By Angelo Lopez on March 22, 2013

I haven't had much of a chance to do any Jasper the cat cartoons this year, but I have done a few quick color cartoons for the Cartoon Movement website that criticize the economic system. I've been influenced on my views on the capitalist system by the Papal encyclicals and by the writings of Charles Dickens. Both the Popes and Charles Dickens give a moral critique of the economic system, and both believe the flaws of the economic system lie somewhere in the root of the system. In their view, the flaws of the capitalist system are just a magnification of the flaws of human nature. I agree with that view. Any system based on competition and the pursuit of self interest will always be vulnerable to selfishness and greed.

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By Angelo Lopez on March 12, 2013

Thanks Ken for the blog. I appreciate it. Many people do not think I'm a real Christian, and maybe they are right. I appreciate the fact that you treat me like a fellow Christian, even if we may have some theological differences. I'm still trying to figure out what I still believe right now, but I am grateful for how the best parts of Christianity has had a positive impact on my life. No amount of bad church experiences can take that away from me.

I like what you wrote about intellectuals and practicality. We need both intellectuals and practical pastoral leaders. Hopefully the church will keep this in mind when picking the new Pope.

By Ken Poland on March 10, 2013

Angelo, I really like your cartoons. Their messages are straight forward and the illustratios are good. Is my opinion influenced by the fact that I very much agree with your idea of social justice and equity? We most likely have some theological differences, but that doesn't mean we can't work together for our ideals of justice and individual freedom.

Who the next Pope is and what his agenda will be should be of great concern and interest to all people, Protestant Christians, Catholics, other religious identities and those who claim no religious identification. The new Pope will be the leader of approximately 2 billion people. The Catholic organization is not Democratic. The Pope will be appointed by a hyerarchy of only a few men at the top of the order. He has the 'bully' pulpit for 6 or 7 times as many people as the President of the United States.

Your comments about him being more intellectual than practical or pastoral is true for many religious leaders of all faiths and denominations.

Some folks will say that 'practicality' has no place in religious theology or doctrine. How does Scripture or any religious history have any real value if we can't see practicality? If the Christian cannot make a rational comparison of culture and time when a particular scripture was written, how can we make it relate to our present situations? That doesn't take anything away from the idea that all Scripture was inspired by God. The stories and messages were given to a particular people in particular circumstances. Basic human nature has not changed, but circumstances, cultures, and technology have changed and those changes are coming more rapidly every year.

We need intellectuals to research and interpret history. Language changes are a tremendous challenge. Word meanings and phrases have done a lot of changing, just in my lifetime and can have great difference in application by regions. We, the common folks, have to rely on educated and dedicated research and interpretation. But, we also need dedicated pastoral leaders, who understand the real world of the present and leaders who can relate and communicate with all people of all faiths.

By Angelo Lopez on March 9, 2013

Among my facebook friends, there has been a lot of talk about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and their hopes for the next Pope. Many of my progressive friends dislike Benedict for his conservative views. If I met Pope Benedict, I'm sure I'd like him as a person. I deeply disagree, though, with his attempts to squash dissenting voices in his church and his push to make the Catholic Church smaller and more conservative. From my perspective, Pope Benedict seems like this shy bookwormy scholar who seems more comfortable talking about theology than in dealing with the pastoral needs of his flock. Unlike Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, Pope Benedict had almost no pastoral experience, in taking care of the diverse needs of people in a church. Almost his entire experience has been in academia. In my cartoon, I'm hoping the next Pope reaches out to both Catholics and nonCatholics and offers a helping hand to the poor and the marginalized, like Jesus did 2,000 years ago.

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