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Elizabeth Scalia
Managing Editor, Catholic Portal

Elizabeth Scalia is an editor, writer and speaker and the author of Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (Ave Maria Press). She is a Benedictine oblate and managing editor of the Catholic Portal at Patheos.com, where she blogs as The Anchoress. Scalia is also a regular columnist at First Things, and featured columnist at The Catholic Answer Magazine. Past titles include Caring for the Dying with the Help of your Catholic Faith (OSV), and a contribution to Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (Ascension Press).

Works by Elizabeth Scalia
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My New Book is Out! I Have a New Book!
Elizabeth Scalia | April 29, 2016
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17 y/o Primary Voters in Ohio? Why Not "14 or Fight"?
Elizabeth Scalia | March 13, 2016
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"Begin the Apocalypse" Once More!
Elizabeth Scalia | March 02, 2016
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The Roches - We Three Kings
Elizabeth Scalia | January 07, 2016
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What Would Pope Benedict or the Psalmist Say About THIS...
Elizabeth Scalia | December 29, 2015
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"I Hate Youse All!" Uncle Charlie, Christmas & That...
Elizabeth Scalia | December 24, 2015
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Kyrie Eleison: The "Year of Mercy" Can't Come Too Soon...
Elizabeth Scalia | November 26, 2015
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What Pope Benedict Wrote about the Shroud of Turin
Elizabeth Scalia | October 15, 2015
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A Simple Question for Nancy Pelosi
Elizabeth Scalia | October 02, 2015
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The Thrill of the Chaste, and the Mystery of Agape Love
Elizabeth Scalia | September 17, 2015
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Are the 21 Coptic Martyrs of February Creating Converts?
Elizabeth Scalia | September 04, 2015
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No, the Rosary is not "vain repetition"; here's why
Elizabeth Scalia | September 04, 2015
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Aylan, Gassed Refugees: A Pivotal Moment for Civilization
Elizabeth Scalia | September 04, 2015
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Scalia Resigns Patheos to Take Helm at Aleteia-US
Elizabeth Scalia | September 01, 2015
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Antidote to Pride and Vanity: Cesspool Problems
Elizabeth Scalia | August 31, 2015
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Why Yes, I Do Think Reforms of Annulment Process Are...
Elizabeth Scalia | August 31, 2015
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Living in-between seed and shrub
Elizabeth Scalia | August 31, 2015
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No, I don't hate Pope Francis, and other stupid ideas
Elizabeth Scalia | August 30, 2015
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The Stuff and Fluff of Jesus Christ
Elizabeth Scalia | August 29, 2015
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How St. Philip Neri Gave Us Stephen Colbert
Elizabeth Scalia | August 25, 2015
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"Amends": A Novel Hilarious, True, and Masterful
Elizabeth Scalia | August 25, 2015
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Bartholomew and the Weakness of God
Elizabeth Scalia | August 24, 2015
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Strange Gods at the Seminary!
Elizabeth Scalia | August 20, 2015
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Adoration Changed Everything For Me
Elizabeth Scalia | August 18, 2015
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Nun News Late Summer Vocation Round-up - UPDATE
Elizabeth Scalia | August 15, 2015
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As I Lay Like Broccoli: A Personal Prayer Request
Elizabeth Scalia | August 14, 2015
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Patheos Catholic Picks Up 2 Powerful Apologists
Elizabeth Scalia | August 12, 2015
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Our Death Can Happen Many Times
Elizabeth Scalia | August 07, 2015
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"The Pope is Not an American Politician"
Elizabeth Scalia | August 04, 2015
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The Early Loneliness by which a Martha is Formed
Elizabeth Scalia | July 30, 2015
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"Masques Off! Masques Off!" Cried America
Elizabeth Scalia | July 28, 2015
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Barron on "Death of God & Loss of Human Dignity"
Elizabeth Scalia | July 28, 2015
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Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy
Elizabeth Scalia | July 28, 2015
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The Crescat Needs Your Urgent Prayers - UPDATE
Elizabeth Scalia | July 26, 2015
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Conflicted: My Cuba, My People, My Distrust, My Hope
Elizabeth Scalia | July 23, 2015
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"My Little Cracker": a Donald Trump Story
Elizabeth Scalia | July 21, 2015
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PatheosCatholic Congratulates Father Robert Barron
Elizabeth Scalia | July 21, 2015
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Trending Stress-Relief Therapy: Adult Coloring Books
Elizabeth Scalia | July 20, 2015
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Catholicism Faces a Heavy Future, Full of Light
Elizabeth Scalia | July 15, 2015
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"The Avengers" and Friedrich Nietzsche
Elizabeth Scalia | May 05, 2015
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What I Saw from the Rope Lines at Hillary's FIRST...
Elizabeth Scalia | April 13, 2015
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Stephen Fry's Cruel God, Job, and the Cross of Jesus
Elizabeth Scalia | February 23, 2015
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Sister Juliet: Love Amidst the Clutter
Elizabeth Scalia | November 20, 2014
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"Calvary" and a Portrait of a Real Priest
Elizabeth Scalia | September 11, 2014
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Exploring the Real Lessons of Prohibition
Elizabeth Scalia | November 01, 2013
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Strange Gods: Read an Excerpt
Elizabeth Scalia | May 16, 2013
"It is not a bad thing to want to be loved. Even a certain amount of ego and pride is......
Cravings and Christ: A Chat with author Mary DeTurris...
Elizabeth Scalia | January 02, 2013
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Unwrap a Post-Christmas Silence
Elizabeth Scalia | December 26, 2011
We have allowed silence to become a gift forgotten. In the post-Christmas week, try to......
An artist discusses the inspiration for a new children's book based on Pope Benedict's......
Joy and Laughter Support a Serious Faith
Elizabeth Scalia | November 30, 2011
Happiness is an emotion about what life gives you; joy is deeper, for it comes from a......
"Are we speaking to the culture in such a way that our message is rendered......
By no means a solution to all that ails the Church, Brandon Vogt nevertheless sees in......
A Flame Moving Easy in Harness: Chatting with Heather...
Elizabeth Scalia | September 05, 2011
Once the harness is in place you find it is guiding you where you wanted to go, all......
The Soft Tyranny of Sentimentalism
Elizabeth Scalia | August 21, 2011
The Sentimentalist trades the clarity of ideas for the feeling that he (as opposed to......
The Christophers: Bearing Christ in the Stories
Elizabeth Scalia | May 23, 2011
The 62nd Annual Christopher Awards honored "The King's Speech" in film and "Bonhoeffer"......
Catholicism contains fractious multitudes, and always has. Being mindful of the dangers......
Funereal Pomp: Liturgy or Idolatry?
Elizabeth Scalia | April 07, 2011
The April 8 anniversary of the funeral of Pope John Paul II recalls a question asked of......
Witness and Willingness: The Roman Collar
Elizabeth Scalia | March 29, 2011
Wearing a Roman collar can bring about a "martyrdom of mockery," but when priests forego......
Who Told You You Were Naked?
Elizabeth Scalia | March 21, 2011
The blood covenant between God and Man is a true consummation between bridegroom and......
As Lent Begins: The Tumbledown Love
Elizabeth Scalia | March 09, 2011
The Love of Christ is so strong that the merest glimpse of it changes everything, and......
The Ash Wednesday Sermon I Would Give
Elizabeth Scalia | March 08, 2011
"Moonstruck" gives us a fine introduction to the business of Ash Wednesday....
Pitre Responds to Reviewers Questions
Elizabeth Scalia | February 25, 2011
Closing our discussion on "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist", Brant Pitre......
Longing for Baseball in the Deep Mid-Winter Hush
Elizabeth Scalia | February 15, 2011
The snow is beautiful, but enough! Bring on the boys of summer!...
The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: An Interview with...
Elizabeth Scalia | February 15, 2011
Our 21st-century understanding of Jesus' words and teachings is greatly enhanced when......
God Bless the Child
Elizabeth Scalia | January 28, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI observes that everyone must hear the words "it is good that you exist"......
The Eternal Shrug of Rome
Elizabeth Scalia | January 19, 2011
Rome watches history, makes history, shrugs at history because Rome lives surrounded by......
Cheating the Habit of Being: The Habit of Witness
Elizabeth Scalia | January 09, 2011
Habits remind the community of faith, and everyone else as well, that we are all called......
Repetitious Prayer: The Crying out of Flesh and God
Elizabeth Scalia | January 05, 2011
Sometimes the things you've done a thousand times can bring new results; the prayers......
Flash Pictures of Christ
Elizabeth Scalia | December 19, 2010
In each of those snowflakes, I see the cross, the spear tip, the pillar, the stone, the......
The Great Secret: With God "Nothing" Is Not Possible
Elizabeth Scalia | December 07, 2010
In every assent we utter, every stitch we knit, every empty bowl we fill, every lonely......
King, Bridegroom, Self-Immolating Lover
Elizabeth Scalia | December 02, 2010
Let us draw near to Him . . . Let us slouch toward Bethlehem, carrying the poor gifts of......
Mariette in Ecstasy and the Longing for Language
Elizabeth Scalia | November 17, 2010
I know what I comprehended, but it was something of such a different order. My attempts......
The Evidence of Their Grounding: When Kids Wander from...
Elizabeth Scalia | October 08, 2010
The illusions of life will soon enough be tempered . . . then, perhaps, the familiar,......
Why I Remain a Catholic
Elizabeth Scalia | September 20, 2010
When have darkness and light been anything but co-existent? How do we recognize either......
Wonder Leads to Knowing
Elizabeth Scalia | August 23, 2010
A return to seriousness and an appreciation of what came before could help strengthen......
Genesis, Evolution, and the Sistine Chapel
Elizabeth Scalia | August 06, 2010
Each step forward or backward on the trail of human wisdom is sufficient unto its time;......
Rosary for the Job-Seekers
Elizabeth Scalia | August 03, 2010
Once again, we find that the Mysteries of the Rosary help us to identify with Christ,......
The Clampdown: Shirley Sherrod & Ken Howell
Elizabeth Scalia | July 28, 2010
Are the firings of Shirley Sherrod and Professor Ken Howell portending a troubling......
A Via Dolorosa Not to Be Missed
Elizabeth Scalia | July 19, 2010
On dignity, suffering, and the terrible beauty of a long goodbye....
The Reality of Pope Benedict
Elizabeth Scalia | July 14, 2010
Though the press has softened its tone on this "interim pope," we will undoubtedly......
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