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Mathew N. Schmalz
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Mathew N. Schmalz is an associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago.

Schmalz is an expert in Catholicism in the non-Western world; new religious movements; and religion and politics in India and Pakistan.

Schmalz has been a panelist for On Faith and writes regularly for the Boston Globe website Crux. He has published opinion pieces in the Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, The National Catholic Reporter, the Providence Journal and the Telegram & Gazette, and has provided expert commentary to USA Today, The New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC's Good Morning America, The Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, NPR, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. His work has also appeared in the Best American Spiritual Writing series.

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Beyond the Conservative/Liberal Catholic Divide

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Are you a conservative or liberal Catholic?

It's a question that Catholics have been asked many times -- though usually in not so many words.

Most of the time, the question comes in the form of being asked about particular political issues: What do you think about outlawing abortion?...

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"Sextremism" at the Vatican

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 1:45 PM

The day after Christmas, "sextremism" came to the Vatican.

Topless FEMEN activist Iana Aleksandrovna Azhdanova
was arrested by Vatican police as she carried off the Christ child from a nativity scene at St. Peter's Square.

Surely, some people might say that Iana Azhdanova got what's...

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For Catholics, There's Something About Torture

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:24 AM

For many American Catholics, there's something about torture: something that makes it complicated and difficult to discuss.

With the publication of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, national debate finally seems to have shifted from whether "enhanced interrogation practices" constituted torture. Now the question seems to be not only...

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Who Does God Root For?

(10) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:45 PM

Football and religion go together in America. This is precisely because football is a religion for many Americans. But there are times when football provides a kind of religious commentary by raising--if inadvertently--deep and disturbing theological questions.

Such was the case on Monday night. The Patriots suffered...

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Catholic Demon-Making

(241) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 12:06 PM

There's been a lot of talk about the devil and the Catholic church recently. The Vatican recently concluded its annual conference on exorcism. The Catholic arch-diocese of Boston protested a reenactment of a Satanic black mass at Harvard University, apparently successfully enough so that it was moved to an undisclosed...

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