Catholic social teaching is for all of life

"The broad political outlines of Catholic social teaching regarding the best institutional context for human virtue largely overlap with the liberal tradition. This is a necessary but not sufficient condition for social justice which must be the pursuit of every human person and the orientation of all the various forms of our social life. This involves grounding ourselves in a Christian understanding of the human person and society.

It is this task, the recovery of a Christian understanding of the person and society within our existing political context which is most urgent. Reducing Catholic social teaching to a set of public policy initiatives crafted to address contemporary, often mistaken, economic analysis of our present social problems is not enough. The treasures of Catholic social teaching are for all of life."