Where did you get these definitions.
I would be a liberal, but I consider the bible and the church the authority for that liberalism.
Both the old and new testements are mainfestos of social justice. They continually call for social justice.
Throughout the Gospels, Christ sets himself up in opposotion to the conservative priesthood of the Temple, the Scribes and Pharisees.
If you look at the scrives and Pharisees, they represent the conservative, literalist, priesthood, who insist on ritual rather than spirit. There are something like a total of 135 passages in the New Testement that either speak about the social obligations that those who are well off have to the needy, or just plain condemn the well off for not meeting those obligations. These make it clear that any wealth you have came from God and that God means you to do his will with it. When Christ spoke to the rich young man who asked him what he needed to do to have eternal life , the Lord didnt suggest the tricle down theory of economics. No , Christ wasnt a supply sider.
Now there are some parts of scripture that can be used to try to point towards some sort of conservative ecenomic ideas, but they take a stretch, and usually must be taken out of context.
When Christ said that “the poor will always be with you” I dont think he was giving an order for us to make sure it stayed that way. When he said that if someone takes your cloak, give him your tunic as well.I think he is speaking to some sort of social justice, not necessarily lettting yourself be taken advantage of.
The old testement is filled with injunctions to treat your servants well, and make certain that they have enough to live with dignity and not in poverty. Not against wealth, but certainly if that wealth is gained at the expense of others and results in many have nots, and a small number of haves.
When you look at the example set by the church itself, and organizations like Catholic Services which provides some kind of temporary assistance to something like 8 million people a year, and food to 5 million. Every year 40 million people are treated in Catholic Hospitals, many for free, or reduced fees.
I remember something that happened in South Florida about seven years ago, when the Board of Directors of a Catholic Hospital decided that they were not goinmg to accept people who didnt have health insuranceor some means to pay, and the Board and the Nuns of the Nursing order almost came to blows over that. Ineed not tell you who won, If you have ever had to disagree with a little old nun. They fired the entire board of directors, and ran the business end of things until they could find a more "Catholic and Christian"Board… I had to spend a lot of time in that hospital and I never let the nuns forget that event. We would get a big kick out of it. I cold see tham walloping Donald Trump.
Anyway. I think that there is nothing incompatible with a liberal view and accepting the bible and the church and its traditions as authoratative. In fact, I feel that the church has done itself a great disservice by focusing of much on a few conservative social issues, while putting others on the back burner. Yes, I know that the Church does a lot of charity work, but it has stopped talking about how the comminity of beleivers has an obligation to influence its government on those issues as well as on right to life issues/ The Holy Father has wrtten more encyclicals and letters on social justice tthan on any other topic. I think since he became ill, the various churces in different area of the world have focused on their own issues, and sort of dropped a lot of things the Holy Father indicated were core articles of faith for Catholics. In many places he spoke of Catholics working to direct their governments to deal with issues of social justice as well as right to life issues, and not to simply support those who support anti- aoortion issues but do not deal with issues of removing the death penalty and helping the poor and the sick. In a number of places he sspoke out against the proportionalism that the America Bishops discussed regarding voting in the last presidential election. He was very clear that you just could not quantify evils. That you couldnt say that a Catholic could not focus on one issue like abortion, while paying less attnetion to issues of social justice because more people are effected by abortion.
In any case, that is likely to change a bit soon, anyway.
Well you tell me. I think my definition fits better.