Our Church teaches that is primary mission is the salvation of souls. CCC 758 -780
"Compared with supernatural realities, temporal goods such as wealth, education and fame are insignificant. " The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church: A Theological Perspective By Charles E. Curran (probably one of the few noncontroversial things Fr. Curran ever said and one of the few things he has said with which I agree.)
Yet we live in a society in which, I dare say, the majority of people, are far more concerned with the acquisition of material wealth, possibly by gaining a higher level of education or by attaining some level of fame or notoriety, than with gaining the Kingdom of Heaven. After all, the love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Tim. 6, 10.
On the other hand, our Lord tells us that the poor are blessed and the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Matt. 5, 3. St. Augustine tells us that “being poor is essential for good spiritual fitness.”
I see several threads on this site dedicated to encouraging people to give more materially to the poor, and asking whether the Church is doing enough to materially help the poor, but I must sincerely ask, if material wealth is such a hindrence to eternal salvation, and the Church’s primary mission is in fact the “salvation of souls” and not social work, shouldn’t we more seriously be asking: “is the Church doing enough for the wealthy.”