The more I read about *Catholic *social justice, the more I see that it is like velvet. You know how if you run your hand over velvet one way, it’s all messed up, but if you run your hand the other way, it’s nice and neat?
CSJ is where everyone is headed in the same direction (Heaven!), and everyone is helping everyone get there. Since the goal for each person is holiness, then instead of each person looking out only for himself, each person is looking out for others, while maintaining an eye upon himself.
So, in CSJ, there are no “special interest groups,” since each person is interested in helping everyone else out. Those who have “received more” “give more:” a person with a better education would not use that to make more money for himself in his business but to help his employees more; when he has more money, to help the poor out, etc.
Since each person is trying to please God, those with a vocation to marriage, which creates more human beings for God, will have as many children as they can, and others will help them in their vocation of parenthood.
Think of the way a very small tight-knit parish would work. The people of the parish would all support the school, because the school is helping the parents raise up children for God. There would be enough children that the parents wouldn’t feel the need to push them away from the religious life. Some of the children would grow up and become religious: dedicating themselves to the priesthood, or to prayer, or to serving others: the elderly, the ill, the poor, the students; others would grow up to the married life themselves; still others to dedicate themselves to knowledge and learning.
Here is an example of a business (unfortunately not Catholic, but only because this is what I could find quickly on the internet–I myself worked for some Catholics who really cared about their employees, but they are not online!), and here is an example of a Catholic town taking care of mentally ill people, here an example of religious caring for the ill (altho the monastic nature of the leprosaria is not mentioned :shrug:).
Catholicism has made many contributions to science–in part because of the education and focus of those in religious life. (Here is a quick story about Louis Pasteur which always makes me smile.)