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Phyllis Zagano

Phyllis Zagano is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Phyllis Zagano

Of candidates and climate: The unspoken forces behind the migrants in Martha’s Vineyard

By Phyllis Zagano — September 21, 2022
(RNS) — Abbott, Ducey, DeSantis and their minions are trafficking human beings.

Catholics’ reports on the state of the Church are in. Here’s what they have to say.

By Phyllis Zagano — August 1, 2022
(RNS) — Clericalism is a scourge on the Church, Catholics say, and women are not included in leadership. 

The abortion question may be decided politically. The real test is a moral one.

By Phyllis Zagano — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — Politics is not the point. The point is to make abortion unnecessary.

Pelosi vs. Cordileone isn’t only about abortion. It’s about women and bishops.

By Phyllis Zagano — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — The list of reasons Catholic women stopped listening to bishops is a long one.

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 […]
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