I appreciate Pope Benedict’s interlinking of charity and justice. “If we love others with charity then first of all we are just toward them. Not only is justice not extraneous to charity, not only is it not an alternative or parallel party to charity: justice is inseparable from charity and intrinsic to it. Justice is the primary way of charity….[Charity in Truth,6].
I appreciate his robust defense of the morality of economic activity. “The Church’s social doctrine has always maintained that justice must be applied to every phase of economic activity, because this is always concerned with human needs. Locating resources, financing, production, consumption, and all the other phases in the economic cycle inevitably have moral implications. Thus every economic decision has a moral consequence [op. cit 37, emphasis in original].