Among Women 167: Taking Issue with Idols

September 23, 2013

This week’s episode:

“Blessed are They”: Blessed Anna Schaeffer

“Among Women” Guest: Elizabeth Scalia

This week Pat shares a few themes from Lumen Fidei— Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter — as well as the life of Anna Schaeffer who found the keys to hope and faith despite a life of physical suffering.  Also, we look at the latest book release from author-blogger Elizabeth Scalia, Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life. Scalia, well known in the blogging world as The Anchoress, is the managing editor at the Catholic Channel at Patheos. In this interview we talk about rooting out hidden forms of idolatry in our own lives in order to deepen our faith in Christ.

Links for this episode:

Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei

Pat’s series on Lumen Fidei at “A Word in Season” at Patheos : Introduction, Chapter One. Look for other chapters 2, 3, and 4 to appear here in coming weeks.

Elizabeth Scalia’s blog, The Anchoress

Elizabeth Scalia’s column at First Things

Elizabeth Scalia’s book Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

Pat’s review of Strange Gods

Other shows of related interest:

AW 85: Get to know more about Elizabeth Scalia in this interview that discusses the ministry of The Anchoress blog and what it means to stand up for the faith.

AW 124: Elizabeth Scalia joins NRO Editor-at-large Kathryn Lopez and talks about the issue of religious freedom as sparked by the controversy of the HHS Mandate.


Now through Oct. 7, 2013, add your name for the free drawing for a signed copy of Elizabeth Scalia’s new book Strange Gods. Add you name to the drawing by sending your comments to Pat Gohn at, or at the Among Women podcast facebook page.


4 comments on “Among Women 167: Taking Issue with Idols

  1. Joan says:

    Pat…what a wonderful interview. “Strange Gods” was eye-opening for me. I might even say ‘life-changing’. Since reading Elizabeth Scalia’s book I have stopped to ask myself on a daily basis if maybe I am putting my ‘idols’ first. Your interview with Elizabeth was both enlightening and engaging in that it brought the book to life in a very understandable and practical way. Thanks.

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