The New York Times has an article today about liberal Catholics who support politicians who oppose the church’s moral teachings on abortion. The Times repeatedly labels them ‘progressive’ Catholics. Catholics who support church teachings on abortion [would that make them 'regressive' Catholics?] are labeled “conservatives.”
As a writer, I steer clear of “progessive/regressive” and stick to liberal and conservative or left and right. What do you all think? Is it better for journalists to use “liberal” or “progressive”?