And the concept of "social justice" is vacuous. That's the point made trenchantly by Robert Royal of the delightfully named The Catholic Thing. We quote for our gentle readers' stimulation, with emphasis inserted:
This whole question matters a lot because, besides the obvious urgency of supporting the poor, Catholics have been told for a half century that “social justice” is an equal part – alongside pro-life activities – of protecting all human life. And we should vote accordingly (almost always to the detriment of pro-life candidates). The problem is, it’s relatively easy to figure out how to protect babies in the womb: don’t abort them. How to help the poor is much less clear, especially in political terms.
Royal's point is that it does little good to hector people about embracing "social justice," since there's no consensus about how to achieve it, just a lot of unproved political ideology that gets slipped into the conversation without acknowledgment when people start throwing the phrase around.
We say it's about time to admit this, and not just in Roman Catholic circles. We spent some valuable SWNIDish time recently attending a most helpful workshop that still managed to waste a portion of the experience on useless exhortations to "become part of changing the system." Like voting for a higher minimum wage would make it all better.