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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Legacy is Complex, Writes Holy Cross Professor

The Conversation

With the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the late pontiff leaves behind a complex legacy of brilliant intellectualism and the shadows of numerous controversies, according to College of the Holy Cross Professor Mathew Schmalz.

Religious Studies Professor Highlights Challenges Faced by Jehovah’s Witnesses Sexual Abuse Survivors


It’s been months since the New York Child Victims Act was signed into law allowing adult survivors of child sexual abuse to sue an abuser or a negligent institution regardless of when the abuse took place, and hundreds of new …

Holy Cross Professor Writes About the Secrecy of Confession in the Catholic Church

The Conversation

On Sept. 11, 2019, the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania passed bills requiring priests to report any child abuse revealed in the confessional, a move criticized by religious liberty advocates and representatives of the Catholic Church worldwide for invading …

Eight Holy Cross Faculty Members Promoted to Rank of Professor

The newly promoted faculty members answer questions about their scholarship and more — from insect diversity to Mozart.

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They’ve spent years teaching at College of the Holy Cross and advancing research in their respective fields. Now, eight faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor. Learn more about their scholarship, their time at Holy Cross …

Eight Holy Cross Students, Recent Alumni Receive Distinguished Scholarships

The highly-competitive Fulbright and Knight-Hennessy scholarships showcase the talent of Holy Cross students

05/21/19 by

College of the Holy Cross students and alumni have earned an impressive array of scholarships this year from prestigious organizations, including the Knight-Hennessy Scholar Program and the Fulbright Program. These honors are testimony to the astonishing intellectual curiosity of Holy …

What Does It Mean to Be Defrocked in the Catholic Church? Holy Cross Professor Explains

The Conversation

In a historic move, Pope Francis “defrocked” Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington, after the church found him guilty of sexual abuse. McCarrick, who was once one of the most powerful Catholic officials in the U.S., …

Holy Cross Professor Examines the Controversy Surrounding the ‘Great Commission’

The Conversation

A recent survey has shown that the majority of churchgoing Christians in the U.S. are not familiar with the term the “Great Commission,” though the concept underpins Christian missionary work across the world. In an article for The Conversation, Mathew …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Is Sought-After Expert on New Religious Movements

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With the American popular culture fascination for “cults” increasing throughout the past few decades, Holy Cross associate professor of religious studies Mathew Schmalz has been a sought-after expert on new religious movements, providing  expert commentary in outlets ranging from The …

Holy Cross Professor Offers Inside Look Into Complex Jehovah’s Witnesses Organization for NBC News

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A recent Montana jury ruling that Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership is to pay $35 million to a 21-year-old woman alleging the church covered up her childhood sexual abuse shook this tight-knit community to the core. Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious …

Can the Catholic Church Be Saved? Holy Cross Professor Opines on NBC News


Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, was called upon by NBC News to share his opinion on the recent grand jury report revealing widespread abuse among 300-plus Pennsylvania priests. In a video …

A Miracle? Holy Cross Professor Writes About Weeping Virgin Mary Statue

The Conversation

Last week, media outlets worldwide were abuzz with news about a statue of the Virgin Mary at a diocese in New Mexico that appeared to had been “weeping” for more than a month, an event attracting thousands of visitors. In …

What Does the Bible Say About Immigration? A Holy Cross Professor Explains

The Conversation

Much of the national conversation this week has focused on the United States’ treatment of asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants trying to cross the southern border. Both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Southern Baptist Convention have used religious arguments …

How Do Religions of the World View Suicide? Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Explains

The Conversation

In the wake of the highly publicized suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef and writer Anthony Bourdain last week, there’s been increased discussion of some of the moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding suicide. Writing for The Conversation, Mathew …

Religious Studies Professor and Papacy Expert Opines on Pope Francis’ Apology for Abuse in Chile

The Conversation

Last week, Pope Francis wrote to three clerical sexual abuse victims apologizing and asking for forgiveness for defending Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, accused of covering up their abuse by a former priest. In an article for The Conversation, Mathew Schmalz, …

Holy Cross Professor on Why the Label ‘Cult’ Prevents Greater Understanding of New Religions

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New religious movements have been a subject of fascination in American popular culture for decades, often portrayed in movies and TV shows as “cults,” which comes with its own implications of brainwashing and authoritarian practices. In an article for The …

Holy Cross Religious Studies Professor Says Jehovah’s Witnesses Faith is Often Misunderstood

Detroit Free Press

Tragic murder-suicide cases throughout the country have shined light on the controversial Jehovah’s Witness practice of shunning or disfellowshipping, which in essence is a punishment by excommunication. Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, offered …

What Does The Bible Say About Taxing The Rich? Holy Cross Professor Examines The Text

The Conversation | Raw Story

As the U.S. Congress debates a tax reform bill, Matthew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, digs into the Christian and Hebrew bibles to find guidance on tax policy from Jesus and others. Writing for The Conversation, Schmalz says …

Religious Studies Professor Discusses Pope Francis’ New Stance on Capital Punishment

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Pope Francis’ declaration that the death penalty is “contrary to the Gospel” and “inadmissible,” points to his larger emphasis on mercy, said Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies, in an interview with Austrian station Radio FM4. “Well it is …

Religious Studies Professor Weighs in on Upcoming Pope/Trump Meeting

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With a meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump confirmed for May 24, speculations have begun around the impending interaction between the “slum pope” and “billionaire.” Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross, …

Holy Cross Offers Reflection Opportunities During the Season of Lent

College offerings include resources to engage community both on and off campus

With the Christian season of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 1, there are a number of reflection opportunities available to members of the Holy Cross community throughout the Lenten Season, in addition to services held on campus. Each …