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Elizabeth Scalia

Word on Fire Editor-at-Large

Elizabeth Scalia is a Benedictine Oblate and author of several books including the award-winning Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (Ave Maria Press) and Little Sins Mean a Lot (OSV). Before joining the Word on Fire team as a Editor at Large, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the English edition of Aleteia, and as Managing Editor of the Catholic section of Elizabeth also blogs as “The Anchoress” at She is married, and living on Long Island. 

Elizabeth Scalia Latest Blog Posts

Praying in Crisis: The Sorrowful Mysteries of This Moment

by Elizabeth Scalia . August 16, 2018 . 0 Comments

With the publication of a partially redacted Grand Jury report detailing the often stomach-turning actions of over 300 priests in Pennsylvania, and the equally repugnant actions of too many bishops working to c...

The Church and Clergy in Crisis: 7 Practical First Steps We Must Take

by Elizabeth Scalia . August 09, 2018 . 0 Comments

Today’s Gospel reading brings us to a pivotal moment for the Church. We might call it a “genesis” moment. Jesus asks the Apostles, “Who do you say that I am?” And Peter—fault...

How to Restore a Church in Scandal? Begin with a Collective Confession

by Elizabeth Scalia . August 02, 2018 . 0 Comments

Making an address to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in June of 1972, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said something most relevant to our times: Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our p...

McCarrick, Mary, and Mystery: Seeking Truth in the Moment

by Elizabeth Scalia . July 26, 2018 . 0 Comments

Perhaps fifteen years ago, realizing that I was going to fall asleep before finishing my rosary, I placed my half-prayed beads directly on to the nightstand, instead of in their plastic holder, and drifted off to slumber...

Anti-Christ Arrives in a World Without Mercy

by Elizabeth Scalia . July 19, 2018 . 0 Comments

A couple of years ago a woman about to board a flight tweeted out what she thought was an ironic “joke” and then obediently turned off her phone. When she disembarked some hours later, Justine Sacco ...