It’s been an exciting week, particularly for Catholics in America. His Holiness, Pope Francis, became the first Pope to visit the United States of America, and it was an honor to be part of this historical milestone for our country.

During his time here, Pope Francis shared words of faith, charity, and goodwill. He inspired people young and old with his message of morality, and emphasized the importance of caring for others while extending our hands in love and friendship to the disadvantaged and less fortunate. 

In his address to Members of Congress yesterday, his words of peace included comments on some of the challenges we face today –comments that some politicians and advocates have wrongly politicized.

While I respect the Pope’s moral vision and sentiments of humanity, I don’t support the political tone that has been placed on his message. The citizens of the United States elect representatives to act on their behalf on matters of policy and law, and how we respond to the world’s challenges is a matter of prudential judgement, allocated to those elected policymakers.