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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Women Deacons 101: Final Exam

Just Catholic: You may consult your notes regarding your personal examination of ancient liturgies, historical documents, epigraphical evidence, frescos, mosaics, and early literary descriptions of ministry by women.


Look up at the altar, where are the women?

Just Catholic: Yes, women — and men — can receive communion at any Mass, but the distance between the people of God and the altar is exponentially and symbolically increased when tens or hundreds of bishops, priests and deacons form a virtual armed guard, with or without torches.


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.


On messages and messengers