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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Imagining Catholicism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Just Catholic: It's important to consider the other person's point of view, but if you visit the "Heavenly Bodies" exhibit at the Met, get ready: It's about as "other" as you can get.


On messages and messengers

In this latest apostolic exhortation, the pope clearly describes what is going on in the Catholic Twitterverse and blogosphere: there are people out there whose stock and trade is defamation and slander, who "bear false witness," who lie and who vilify others. 

Book Review

A return to church tradition on women deacons

Book Review: The basic question: How will the church bring the word, the liturgy and charity to the people of God? If the answer is ordaining women as deacons, these works together present an understanding that the church could return to its tradition without troubling any teaching about priesthood.


Cloning animals, humans has scandalous implications

Just Catholic: We do not know the implications of cloning, but affluence and indifference are making it more common and more morally suspect.