Mathew N. Schmalz

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

Stories by Mathew N. Schmalz
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

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

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?

Associated Press/Steven Senne — Ruslan Tsarni, right, uncle of killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, approaches members of the … Continued

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