Biblical justice, fidelity to relationships and responsibilities that stem from a covenant with God, is not something static. It is not frozen in any one era (b.c.e., for example), as one culture (say, Western), any one people (e.g., Roman Catholics). It develops, undergoes modification, as it touches new ages, new peoples, new problems. Within Catholicism we call it tradition. But not tradition as some musty museum piece, beyond alteration and improvement. Rather tradition in its most pregnant sense: the best of our past, infused with the insights of the present, with a view to a richer, more catholic future.

Walter J. Burghardt in Justice