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Phyllis Zagano

Phyllis Zagano is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Phyllis Zagano

Are lay cardinals next? 

By Phyllis Zagano — April 21, 2022
(RNS) — Pope Francis’ reforms raise the question of reviving the tradition of lay cardinals with women in the mix.  

Keep your eyes on Kirill

By Phyllis Zagano — March 14, 2022
(RNS) — Kirill is losing his grip on his bid for wider spiritual authority.

Anger and confusion in Arizona

By Phyllis Zagano — February 25, 2022
(RNS) — What is going on in the Grand Canyon State?

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

By Phyllis Zagano — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — The number of Catholics alike 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.

By Phyllis Zagano — December 15, 2021
(RNS) — Has the story of the Christ child taught us anything?

Pope Francis is asking the US bishops to listen to the people. Will they?

By Phyllis Zagano — December 3, 2021
(RNS) — Only half of the US bishops appear interested in what the people of God think.

We used to look to the church for truth. It’s no match for Donald Trump’s TRUTH.

By Phyllis Zagano — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — Religious organizations once cornered the market on the platforms where people discussed what mattered in their lives.

Pope Francis wants every Catholic to have a say. Why haven’t US Catholics heard about it?

By Phyllis Zagano — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — The nation’s bishops don’t seem to care. 

COMMENTARY: Nature vs. nurture

By Phyllis Zagano — September 29, 2010
(RNS) I was always told that you’re not supposed to discuss religion or politics in polite company. That was before gay marriage became the item du jour. Polls indicate a little more than half of Americans favor legal protections for same-sex couples. Gay marriage is another story; 44 percent of Americans support it, while 53 […]

COMMENTARY: It will take more than Muslims to rehab Ground Zero

By Phyllis Zagano — September 15, 2010
EW YORK (RNS) Andrew Kelly was driving drunk the night his Jeep hit Vionique Valnord-Kassime in Brooklyn about a year ago. She was trying to hail a cab. He was speeding by. She died. He lived. The details are horrifyingly similar to the sad tales repeated every day in other places. In this case, a […]

COMMENTARY: Real educators teach students how—not what—to think

By Phyllis Zagano — September 1, 2010
(RNS) Last spring, two knock-down, drag-out academic fights made the news. At the University of Illinois, a part-time religion professor lost his job for presenting Catholic teaching on homosexuality. At Catholic Seton Hall University in New Jersey, a tenured political science professor raised hackles for proposing a course on gay marriage. The end of the […]

COMMENTARY: New York’s anti-religious pandemic

By Phyllis Zagano — August 18, 2010
NEW YORK (RNS) Who could be against Mother Teresa? It’s a good question, and one that New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan asked after the Empire State Building refused to light its spire in Teresa’s signature blue and white to honor the 100th anniversary of her birth on Aug. 26. Mother Teresa, as we all know, […]

COMMENTARY: For the Bible tells me so

By Phyllis Zagano — August 4, 2010
(RNS) Mid-summer Manhattan is a sticky sultry town — lazy in a way unlike, say, October, when cool breezes chase visiting diplomats up and down the avenues. New York in July is, well, beastly, and no one wants to be there. But we were all there on a recent morning, at the Church of St. […]

COMMENTARY: From annoying to absurd to downright dangerous

By Phyllis Zagano — July 21, 2010
(RNS) The Catholic story du jour is that ordaining a woman is equal to priestly pederasty. Lots of folks are wondering what, exactly, they’re smoking in the Vatican. How could they say something like that? The short answer is the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asserted its authority over perpetrators of various […]

COMMENTARY: The Gray Lady vs. the Catholic Church

By Phyllis Zagano — July 8, 2010
(RNS) More than once in the past few months, The New York Times has lifted up a corner of the Catholic carpet and found all sorts of nasty things scurrying about. In its coverage of the Catholic sex abuse scandal, the Gray Lady has zeroed in on Pope Benedict XVI’s role in processing abuse claims, […]
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