The approach to social issues that stems from the "economistic" approach to development tends to be [ad hoc] and crisis-management-oriented. The economistic approach means that the ultimate costs of development are shouldered by those segments of society least able to bear them. In the pursuit of short-term economic gains, the long-term consequences of a style of economic development that neglects social issues are ignored.
2. Today, perhaps more than in the past, the intrinsic contradiction of a development limited only to its economic element is seen more clearly. Such development easily subjects the human person and his deepest needs to the demands of economic planning and selfish profit. (Papal Encyclical, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 30 December 1987).