What is the Catholic definition/view of "Social Justice"?

As a newly returning Catholic,I’ve repeatedly encountered the term “Social Justice”. As a cold war veteran, 20 year law enforcement officer, and student of economics, the term social justice is in my bitter experience, just code for “Marxism”.

I understand that Pope Francis is of a very left leaning ideology, but I’ve also discovered that he is probably the most mis-quoted man in all Christendom. I would appear to me that the Liberal-Progressives are willing to use Pope Francis to bolster every one of their socialist ideals, “including homosexual marriage, Climate Change, etc”. The problem is, I don’t know the truth as it relates to the Catholic Church. The apparent liberalism of the church is probably the biggest reason, I stayed away for 30 years.

The following link should assist you in better understanding the Catholic Church’s teaching on Social Justice. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by this link, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

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