In a post for The Washington Post’s On Faith blog, Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, remembers Pope Paul VI—and what he calls a “kind Catholicism”—from his childhood.
While putting Pope Paul VI—who was sometimes “perceived as either ineffectual or obstructionist”—on the path to sainthood struck some as a surprise, Schmalz contends that “Paul VI is an important figure for considering where Catholicism has come in the last fifty years and where it might go in the future.”
“Pope Paul is also an important figure for me personally,” he wrote. “He was the first Pope that I remember when I saw Catholicism through a child’s eyes.”
He continued, “I hope that those who are young now approach the Catholic Church of today with the inquisitive enthusiasm that I did back then. But for those who struggle with a Catholicism that appears to be less than kind, and for those who have experienced the anger that characterizes too much of contemporary Catholic life, I would recommend looking to Pope Paul VI and considering what his virtues might teach us about being Catholic in the heady days of Vatican II and in our own no less challenging time.”
This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Kristine Maloney.
‘Pakistan School Attack: The Symbolism Is Unmistakable’
In his debut piece for WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, writes about the symbolism in the...11/19/14
‘Remembering The Jesuits Whose Murders Brought An End To Salvadoran Civil War’
WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, reported from San Salvador, El Salvador, during the commemoration of six Jesuit priests murdered by the Salvadoran army 25 years ago in the...11/14/14
‘Astrophysicist Tyson sells spirit of science: Cosmos superstar shines at HC’
WBUR | Telegram & Gazette | Worcester News Tonight
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures to a packed house at the College of the Holy Cross last night, where more than 2500 people were in attendance. The talk, titled...