Pope_Francis_at_VargihnaThe world has always been captivated by the Pope, and Pope Francis is no exception.

Many Americans waited with baited breath last week to receive the Holy Father’s message during his visit to the United States.

The Pope arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 22, and returned to Rome Sunday evening, September 27. During his stay, he presided over several masses and prayer gatherings in D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

He spent time at the White House, met with Barack Obama, and addressed Congress and the UN General Assembly. He visited the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center and spoke to grade schoolers in East Harlem, New York, about friendship, joy, and “dignity and self-sufficiency.” Finally he attended World Meeting of Families Congress at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

At each of these events, Pope Francis proclaimed his favorite message of charity. His focus on Climate Change and the environment has also gotten attention in the media.

In many ways, the Pope’s calls to action are nothing new. Traditional Catholic teaching centers around loving one’s neighbor, and Catholic leaders throughout history have warned people to take care of the earth.

 Pope Francis goes so far as to compare the earth to “the most abandoned and maltreated of the poor.”

His message is popular with people from all walks of faith.

But in their misunderstanding of Catholicism, much of the world relates their own political agendas to the charitable activities of the Pope and the Church. According to last week’s article by Politico Magazine, “Many Democrats… have cheered Francis as an ally who might… add moral legitimacy to their economic and climate arguments.”

There is a flaw in the Democrats’ plan to moralize their policies – the vital distinction between government and religion. One requires force, which implies violence, and the other is voluntary, at least in America. So there is no relationship between a government’s behavior and the voluntary actions of Christians.

Blurring the line between politics and religion seems to appeal to many people – especially the ones who have no religion of their own. It means that individuals can give their moral and charitable responsibilities over to government.

Climate Change crusaders want us to submit blindly to whichever government is in power at the time, trusting that they will solve not only an environmental crisis, but all of today’s buzzwords – poverty, social injustice, economic injustice – even if it means giving up our freedom and our Constitution.

The confusion comes when Pope Francis asks policy-makers to help the poor.

In his address to Congress last week, one statement drew loud applause from the audience. “The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly, and on many fronts… It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology, and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise, are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive, and sustainable.”

The Pope also lauded business, “especially if it seeks the creation of jobs as an essential part of its services to the common good.”

But in a free society, business automatically seeks to create jobs.

In the Holy See’s May 2015 encyclical letter, On Care for the Common Home, the Pope asks us to “seek a sustainable and integral development.”

Last weekend, Pope Francis addressed the UN General Assembly as they began their 3-day Summit on Sustainable Development.

The term “sustainable development” first came from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development 1987 publication, Our Common Future, written by Gro Harlem Brundtland, first Vice President of the worldwide socialist party.

The United Nations and United States have since engaged in several conferences to discuss implementation of Sustainable Development, as defined in Our Common Future.

They are currently gearing up for the UN HABITAT III Conference, which will take place in October, 2016. HABITAT III is the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. These summits take place every 20 years.

As a result of Pope Francis’ focus on the environment, and the increasingly blurred lines between morality and politics, the media assumes that the Pope approves of any method U.S. or international policy-makers tout as necessary to address an environmental or economic crisis.

The plan to implement Sustainable Development tramples on the right to own and manage private property in the United States, which is, according to Thomas Jefferson, “the foundation of republican government.”