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

That day with the disfigured man, the pope doubtless saw pain and suffering. But he also saw Jesus.

The pope, a bishop, and the scandal of wealth

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives to attend the Marian prayer in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, … Continued