For which practical purposes do you think he has it wrong?
The Pope doesn’t have it wrong on this issue. Greed destroys lives. Here’s what the Pope said, “That’s what does harm: greed in my relationship with money. Having more, having more, having more… It leads you to idolatry, it destroys your relationship with others. It’s not money, but the attitude, what we call greed. Then too this greed makes you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money. It destroys you, it makes you sick. And in the end – this is the most important thing – greed is an instrument of idolatry because it goes along a way contrary to what God has done for us. Saint Paul tells us that Jesus Christ, who was rich, made Himself poor to enrich us. That is the path of God: humility, to lower oneself in order to serve. Greed, on the other hand, takes us on a contrary path: You, who are a poor human, make yourself God for vanity’s sake. It is idolatry!”
The Pope is preaching against greed in any person’s life. What the writer of the article at AddictingInfo did was to accuse his political enemies of being greedy, then claim that the Pope was speaking specifically against the American political right and Christian Conservatives, judging and condemning them. The Pope did no such thing. The writer at AddictingInfo did. The writer at AddictingInfo did what the Pope knows better than to do—judge others.
Jesus also taught: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
The Pope judged a behavior and encouraged each one of us to take a look into our own lives. The writer at AddictingInfo judged people and condemned others while viewing himself as blameless. He applauded the Pope for judging and condemning the writer’s political enemies, but the Pope is not guilty of that. Those judging and condemning others for being greedy are the ones who “make themselves God for vanity’s sake.” They should take the plank out of their own eye.