A lot of people, without knowing what they're talking about, jump on the Catholic Church for a lot of things. High on the list are progressive elites who accuse the church of ignoring Christ's social gospel. In fact, Christ did have a message of justice and compassion, but it's no exactly like the progressives would have it. Here is some insight from Crisis Magazine in a post called, "Catholic Social Teaching: It’s Time to End the Misrepresentations," in a post by Anthony Esolen
Imagine a lawyer returning his fee when he loses a case; imagine a television pundit suddenly admitting that he doesn’t know what he is talking about; imagine a Hollywood starlet speaking English; imagine the Cubs winning the World Series; imagine anything most absurd, and you have not yet approached the absurdity of those who claim that Catholic Social Teaching implies the existence of a vast welfare state, bureaucratically organized, unanswerable to the people, undermining families, rewarding lust and sloth and envy, acknowledging no virtue, providing no personal care, punishing women who take care of their children at home, whisking the same children away from parental supervision and into schools designed to separate them from their parents’ views of the world, and, for all that, keeping whole segments of the population mired in a cycle of dysfunction, moral squalor, and poverty, while purchasing their votes with money squeezed by force from their neighbors.
Critics of the Catholic Church should read the article and other sources of information before they pontificate about what they do not know.
Hat tip to Blithe Spirit.
Here is some more discussion on the issue from the Catholic Advocate.