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HELEN LEE, Staff Writer

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Getting Behind the Workers: A Catholic Take on the Protests in Wisconsin

July 23, 2011

Published: March 30, 2011 American politics have an almost religious intensity. In the church of American politics, there is tremendous pressure to choose one of the creeds in the mainstream left/right...

Obama and the Budget: Change We Can’t Believe In

July 23, 2011

Published: March 2, 2011 On Monday, Feb. 14, President Obama released his proposal for the federal budget. His cuts zeroed in on domestic programs that help the poor, like the Low Income Home Energy...

Celibacy and Sexual Abuse: Neither Correlation Nor Causation

July 15, 2011

Published: May 5, 2010 A couple of weeks ago, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, made remarks that linked homosexuality to sexual abuse of minors. Cardinal Bertone was responding...

U.S. Church Prepares for New Mass Translation

July 13, 2011

Published: April 20, 2011 An English translation of the Roman Missal released by Pope John Paul II in 2000 will be implemented in November of this year. The translation, which aims to be truer to the...

Bishops Criticize Theology Professor’s Book

July 13, 2011

Published: April 13, 2011 A Fordham theologian’s book “contains misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors that bear upon the faith of the Catholic Church,” according to a recent statement...

Students Discuss Catholic Identity

July 12, 2011

Published: February 2, 2011 Students and faculty gathered to examine the shrinking number of 20-somethings identifying with the Catholic Church during a two-day conference titled, “Lost? Twenty-Somethings...

Health Care Reform and How to Reform It

July 10, 2011

Published: April 22, 2010 Though health care reform passed in the House a few weeks ago, that certainly wasn’t the end of the discussion, evidenced by the fact that over a dozen states have begun...

The Benefits of Being a Carnivore

July 9, 2011

Published: April 15, 2011 For my New Year’s resolution, I determined that I would increase my intake of saturated fat in the form of meat and eggs, and I eliminated grains and processed sugars...

Catholic Sex Scandal: Who’s Really to Blame?

July 8, 2011

Published: April 1, 2010 All eyes have been on Pope Benedict XVI in the past few weeks as case after case of sexual abuse is unearthed. The Vatican is facing a great deal of pressure from people...

Catholicism Isn’t All or Nothing, and That’s That

July 5, 2011

Published: March 4, 2010 For a long time, conservative Catholics complained that bishops didn’t do enough to defend Church teaching. This has started to change recently as a result of the reforms...

In Defense of Indulgences: A Look At the Church’s Favorite Dirty Word

June 28, 2011

Published February 18, 2010 Indulgences have long been a part of Catholic tradition, but there is a great deal of confusion among both Catholics and non-Catholics about their history and what they are....

Embracing Antiquity: Youth Clings to Traditional Latin Mass

June 28, 2011

Published February 4, 2010 At the beginning of last semester, I started attending a Tridentine Latin Mass across town. The Tridentine Mass is the Latin Mass that was developed in 1570 in the wake of...

A Common Hatred Does Not Warrant Conversion

June 27, 2011

Published: December 10, 2009 I was relatively young when I was first aware of the efforts of Pope John Paul II to open doors to the Anglican Church, but the fact is that he had begun such...

The Battle Over Euthanasia: Is It Mercy or Muder?

June 27, 2011

POINT: Physician-Assisted Suicide is a Slippery Slope Toward a “Right to Die” for People Who Are Not Terminally Ill Helen Lee, Staff Writer Published: November 19, 2009 To say I was alarmed after...

Got Confession? It’s About Time More Catholics Do!

June 27, 2011

Published: November 5, 2009 After weekly mass attendance, Confession of sins at least once yearly is the second precept of the Catholic Church. The precepts are the basic obligations that the Church...

Exercising Prudence: Why Interfaith Relationships Won’t Work For Me

June 25, 2011

Published: September 24, 2009 I have always been picky when it comes to guys. I certainly have a “type.” I have an extensive list of preferences, and even though I’m open-minded, it’s the ...

When Catholic Schools Stop Being Catholic

June 22, 2011

Published: April 30, 2009 About a month ago, I noticed a Facebook status update from my sister-in-law, a recent graduate of Notre Dame. It read, “Kelly Lee is disappointed in Notre Dame. A university...

The Neutrality of This Article Is Disputed

June 22, 2011

Published: April 9, 2009 I pride myself on having a wealth of useless knowledge and factoids, most of which I gather by wasting time pouring over Wikipedia pages. Wikipedia is perfect for the...

The New Old Conservative

June 20, 2011

Published: April 2, 2009 We are a couple of months into Obama’s presidency and Republicans are still on the defensive. Everyone seems to be expecting a reinvention of the Republican Party. If you...

If It Feels Good, Do It? Making a Choice in a Hedonist Culture

June 12, 2011

Published: February 26, 2009 I don’t know too many people my age who aren’t having sex. Not only is it a very gratifying activity, but the word “prude” has such a negative connotation...

President Obama Ventures Into The Culture of Death

June 9, 2011

Published: February 12, 2009 Over half of American Catholics voted for Barack Obama. This is not surprising in and of itself: the Catholic vote usually mirrors the overall results. But in...

Violence in the Gaza Strip

June 6, 2011

Published: January 29, 2009 At the end of December 2008, renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence broke out in the Gaza Strip. Hamas militants launched barrages of morters and rockets into Israel, and the...

Point/Counterpoint: The Justice Breyer Award Debate

June 5, 2011

Published: December 11, 2008 As reported previously in The Observer, on Oct. 29 Fordham Law School awarded the Fordham-Stein Ethics Award to Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Many prominent Catholic...

Looking At George W. Bush Through Rose Colored Glasses

June 5, 2011

Published: November 20, 2008 During his presidency, George W. Bush has received the lowest approval ratings of any United States president since this polling began nearly half a century ago....

Spending the Wealth: Redistribution and Barack Obama

June 5, 2011

Published: November 13, 2008 I voted for John McCain. In case you are wondering how upset I am, I’ll live. I was disappointed, but time flies. I sure am worried, though. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t...

Pearl Ribbon: The War on (Some) Cancer

June 5, 2011

Published: November 13, 2008 In fall of 2005 my dance teacher, friend and mentor, Darlene Wilson, was diagnosed with lung cancer. She had never smoked. Darlene had just purchased a dance studio in Newburgh,...

I Love Them, I Love Them Not: Being Undecided in 2008

June 4, 2011

Published: October 16, 2008 What did Sir Winston Churchill say? “If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no head!” Well, I’ve never been...

Fear Tactics, Shmear Tactics

June 2, 2011

Published: April 3, 2008 For someone professing to be running primarily on experience, Hillary Clinton and her campaign seem to be forced to rely heavily on the base fears of the American...

Thoughts on Islamophobia

May 24, 2011

America, You Got Your Mama’s Style, But You’re Yesterday’s Child To Me By Helen Lee, Staff Writer The best thing about America’s 200 year history of rabid nativism is that when I hear about...

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