Perhaps I should be more careful in my wording: The values which construct economic policies are the purview of the Church, but the Catholic Church claims for itself an authority for doctrinal theology which it lacks in economics. Pope Francis promotes the values of freedom and compassion towards the poor, or, in more distinctly Catholic socioeconomic terms, subsidiarity and solidarity. The means to achieve those values requires an openness to the secular sciences, such as economics.
I would hope so since economic philosophy is directly related to man's spiritual condition and his relationship to God.
Marx knew this which is why he was able to promote atheism in the world through his economic theory.