The Pope’s tragically mistaken intervention on the jihad

Pope Francis has captured the hearts of many around the world. But to capture our minds he will have to do better than his de facto apologia for Islamist violence. He has made a tragic error of judgement

The Pope’s decision last week to wade into a debate on free speech proved most unproductive. Instead of offering robust support to Charlie Hebdo and its many supporters, he inadvertently aided Islamic jihadists and undermined western values in the process.

It was a spectacularly ill-timed intervention.