Mathew N. Schmalz


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

Stories by Mathew N. Schmalz
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Fervent on the Fourth: Worshipping with the Tea Party

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

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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.

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Catholicism Is Sexy and We Know it

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

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What’s so peculiar about Pope Francis?

Five unique aspects of the first year of Pope Francis.

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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.

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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.