Really. To blame the onset of World War I on populism is about as wrong as wrong can be. I'm sometimes stunned at just how ill-educated and ignorant of basic knowledge Pope Francis actually is. I don't think everyone - including a pope - must be some Ivy League erudite. But he should realize he isn't one, and act accordingly.
Pope Francis often wades into issues as if there is only his own perspective or Hitler! Even if his perspective, as in this case, is demonstrably wrong. Add to that his tendency to always insist that the trues powers of Hell and Hitler are always those Catholics and Christians over there, and you have a pope who might be good for the modern populism of the Left, but not a good one for the shepherding of the Faithful.