Max Fishe may be (and this is not at all hyperbole) the dumbest man on the planet. (And that’s a title with some serious competition.)
He works for Vox, which is your first clue.
And he wrote this for Vox, which is your second clue:
So, Max is going with the whole “Pope Calls For New Crusade” angle. (My response to that is “If only…”)
Sure, the writing is laughably bad, the history is junk, the spin is pure hit-trolling, the hatred of Catholicism is palpable, and the tone is standard-issue juvenile sneering, but it’s the pure unvarnished ignorance that really shines through it all.
Here’s what Francis actually said:
“In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I’m not saying ‘bomb’ or ‘make war,’ just ‘stop.’ And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated.”
As an exhortation to a Crusade this lacks a certain panache. I checked with Pope Urban II to see what he thought:
Here’s the funny part about this: like all the kiddies at Vox, Max thinks he’s clever (that’s why they gots to ‘splain the news to us yokels), yet in attempting to appear clever, he only exposes a profound and provincial obtuseness.