Pope Francis while celebrating Mass last April 11, said that sharing one’s property, an act of mercy, is not communism but pure Christianity, mistakenly leading his faithful to think communism is about sharing.

“And that is what the disciples did: receiving mercy, they, in turn, became merciful. We see this in the first reading. The Acts of the Apostles relate that “no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common” (4:32). This is not communism, but pure Christianity,” Pope Francis said.

But there is a big problem: communism is not about sharing, but about an authoritarian state taking away people’s private property by force, or in the socialism we see more widely practiced in the world, through laws.

Eventually, the government owns all the resources and keeps the population as slaves, and above all, the communist elite get disproportionately wealthy while the people get poorer.

But perhaps the Pope is not confused.

In 2013, the late Rush Limbaugh, a famous conservative radio host, criticized the pontiff for his comments lambasting capitalism:

The pope said, “… some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which the facts have never confirmed, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”

Rush took a shot at Catholic authority: “If it weren’t for capitalism, I don’t know where the Catholic Church would be?

“The Pope has gone beyond Catholicism here … This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope.”

But the Pope clarified that “The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

The biggest problem with the Pope’s statements is that Marxism, the ideology that gave life to communism, is in its origin and purpose the antithesis of religion.

Communist regimes and Marxist leaders have sought by violent means to eradicate faith in God. China, North Korea, the Soviet Union, Cambodia—the list of communist movements that murdered people for their faith is long.

It is wrong and disturbing to see the Catholic Church leader, one of the most significant and most numerous globally, leading the faithful to think that communism is about sharing, having mercy for the poor, or those who have the least.

The basis of communist ideology is atheism, the belief that man can create a ‘paradise on earth,’ the ‘class struggle,’ the struggle of man against man, and man against nature. None of its proposals involve having compassion for others.

In an interview with the Pope published by a Catholic media outlet, Francis also had no problem promoting progressive-socialist ideas such as “health care for all” and eradicating poverty with a “new world order.”

A terrifying vision of the whole world dominated by a global elite would dictate all humanity’s lives, taking away God’s most precious gift to humans—free will.