Anyone who has spent much time trying to promote Catholic social teaching has probably met with a response something like this. "What you say is very fine and certainly evidence of good will. But, you see, most of what you are asking for is simply impossible. Society would break down. For there are economic laws which it is as foolish to try to circumvent as those of gravity. We certainly ought to try to eliminate poverty and all that. But this can only be done if we obey the laws of economics. If you study economics a bit, you'll soon see why you're barking up the wrong tree."