Even now, after the 83rd non-apology apology, the Pope has still taken a firmer stand than just about any other Western leader. More to the point, he's managed to turn one of the Liberal's favorite tactics against them.
The Left is justfiably notorious for issuing insane policies then retreating once they're exposed to public scrutiny. Loony Left councilors will claim everyone who owns an England flag is a Nazi, then they'll apologise, but they'll still have succeeded in creating a chilling atmosphere.
The Pope has turned that tactic back on the Left. He's given notice that he'll oppose Islamofascism even while gaining plausible deniability. 'Islam ? No, fine religion, not at all an ideology for blood-thirsty morons. Oops - done it again! Sorry everyone!'