I’ve picked up a couple of books with opposing sides:
One is called Catholic Economics : Alternative to the Jungle by Angus Sibley https://litpress.org/Products/B4868/Catholic-Economics
It doesn’t come from a left wing pov, but from a centrist position that seems to say that Catholic Social Teaching teaches neither left wing economics/socialism, nor libertarianism or laissez fair capitalism.
Another is from the Acton Institute’s Jay Richards. The Acton Institute is a free market think tank that tries to steer Christian and Catholics toward libertarianism, conservative or free market economics.
From the little that I have read about Catholic Social Teaching, and if I had to pin it down to economics, I doubt the Catholic Church would fall squarely in line with libertarian economics or anything that is coming out of the Acton Institute.
I kind of agree with the first author that while CST is not socialistic, it’s not totally free market either. I don’t know how people from the Acton Institute would react to that as most libertarians think anything to the left of them is “socialist”, but I don’t know how they reconcile libertarian economics with Catholicism?
What is the position of the Catholic Church on economics, social justice, and such?