Phyllis Zagano is an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women's issues in the church. Her award-winning books include Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church (First Place, 2001 Catholic Press Association and 2002 College Theology Society), Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority (Second Place, 2012 Catholic Press Association) and Women Deacons? Essays with Answers (First Place, 2017 Catholic Press Association). 

Her writing is widely translated — her best-selling On Prayer: A Letter for My Godchild is in Indonesian, Spanish and Italian as well as English — and she edited the Liturgical Press' "Spirituality in History" series.

She is a member of the Papal Commission for the study of the diaconate of women. Winner of two Fulbright awards, her biographical listings include Marquis Who's Who. Her professional papers are held by the Women in Leadership Archives, Loyola University, Chicago. She holds a research appointment at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

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Francis has opened the Vatican's top leadership to women. Are lay cardinals next?

Phyllis Zagano: Pope Francis' reorganization of the Vatican bureaucracy has opened top leadership spots at the Catholic Church's central command to women for the first time. Are lay cardinals next? Could women be cardinals, too?


Anger and confusion in Arizona

Phyllis Zagano: Three Arizona men, congressional candidate Ron Watkins, Senate primary candidate Jim Lamon and Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted, are causing a lot of headshaking in the Grand Canyon State and beyond.


As Pope Francis' critics vent their anger, what comes out is vaccine disinformation

Phyllis Zagano: Francis and Vatican officials have repeatedly refuted claims that COVID-19 vaccines are morally tainted. That so many lay Catholics and clerics are ignoring church teachings demonstrates a large leak in the barque of Peter.


A child is coming to save us. Perhaps he'll remind us to do better by the children we have.

Phyllis Zagano: Christians soon will welcome a newborn child to the world. But in 2,000 years, the story of the Christ child has taught us nothing.