Mathew N. Schmalz

Mathew N. Schmalz is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at The College of the Holy Cross.

Stories by Mathew N. Schmalz

5 Things I Learned About Prayer from a Catholic Charismatic Healer

Sometimes, silence is the last thing you need in prayer.

Fervent on the Fourth: Worshipping with the Tea Party

Why the Republican Party offshoot is best understood as a religious group.

The Contradictions of the Saints

Canonization can stereotype the life of the saint — as it becomes more Christ-like, the rough edges of a saint’s story can be smoothed away.

Catholicism Is Sexy and We Know it

Why many of our most sexual — and powerful — pop culture performances depend on Catholicism.

What’s So Peculiar About Pope Francis?

Five unique aspects of the first year of Pope Francis.

Semilla Luz
In Disfigured Man, Pope Francis Saw Jesus

In his embrace with a disfigured man in St. Peter’s Square, the pope saw more than we might initially realize or understand.

The Pope, a Bishop, and the Scandal of Wealth

Francis is seen as a pope who is seeking to liberate Catholicism from its own pretensions.

Catholic bishop stumps for the GOP. Why?

(TONY GENTILE/REUTERS ) Catholic bishops have their party affiliations just like other Americans. Bishops also have the right to be … Continued

In Brazil, a pope who heals and converts

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives at St. Peter’s Square on June 16, 2013. (Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images) … Continued

The paradox of sainthood

Saints are supposed to be figures of unity. They exemplify virtues that we can emulate; they reveal hidden possibilities open … Continued

Where Do We Put Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev is paradoxically an act of faith and hope, affirming that a connection exists between us all.

The ‘naked pope’ and Catholic outrage

Carsten Koall / Getty Images What does it mean when Catholics take offense? That, for me at any rate, is … Continued

A Franciscan Jesuit for pope

A Franciscan Jesuit. A Jesuit Franciscan. What can we make of the Argentine Jesuit pope who has chosen the name … Continued

The role of the Holy Spirit at the papal conclave

Before the cardinals entered the conclave to select the next pope, they first celebrated a special Mass. Then they chanted the … Continued

Cardinal Dolan: pope or pope maker?

The Dolan buzz is building. At first I thought it was part of the typical hype before a conclave. After … Continued

Can America fix Catholicism?

There’s a media blackout surrounding the lead up to the papal conclave. No interviews—and probably no blogging or podcasts. USCCB … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI, the great

Uncredited AP In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during his … Continued

Pope Benedict resigns: The power of letting go

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation with grace and humility. He was heeding the call of conscience and recognizing his … Continued

Is Cardinal Mahoney’s censure a sign of a new Catholic Church?

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photographs of children who where abused by members of the catholic clergy line the sidewalk during … Continued

Do Catholics need penance?

VINCENZO PINTO AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead an ordination Mass at St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican … Continued