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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Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel

Just Catholic: The Holy Father resumed the Lenten theme of corruption just a few days ago, calling it a "plague," but when there are thousands of bishops, chances are that every day something will happen someplace to tar the story and obfuscate the Good News.


The catechism of Cardinal Gerhard Müller

Just Catholic: German Cardinal Gerhard Müller perhaps overlooks these points in the very Catechism of the Catholic Church he wields against Pope Francis: 1) only the priesthood and episcopate participate in the priesthood of Christ; and 2) the divine image is present in every person.


It's not about women priests

Just Catholic: Historical documents — canons, liturgical texts, and other writings — speak freely and regularly about women deacons, not priests, "ordained" or "blessed." Facts are facts.


The sky is falling and media help it fall

Just Catholic: Media help convince us the sky is falling. What once was a slow drip of bad stories, now is a torrent washing away all other church news. And that is the problem. There is no other news.



On messages and messengers