Phyllis Zagano

Phyllis Zagano is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Phyllis Zagano

The secret synod

By Phyllis Zagano — September 27, 2023
(RNS) — Too many U.S. Catholics don’t know about the global discussion of the church’s future.

What does ‘respect life’ really mean?

By Phyllis Zagano — August 22, 2023
(RNS) — There is an angry selectivity when it comes to life issues.

At the Catholic Church’s worldwide synod, the deacons are missing

By Phyllis Zagano — July 21, 2023
(RNS) — Many if not most Catholics think women deacons are called for.

The US Catholic bishops’ spring meeting, or Clericalism 101

By Phyllis Zagano — June 16, 2023
(RNS) — Meeting in Florida, the bishops ignore a synod meant to listen to the people.

Anger management and guns

By Phyllis Zagano — May 18, 2023
(RNS) — Anger is clearly at the root of our mass shootings.

Looking for Easter 

By Phyllis Zagano — April 5, 2023
(RNS) — Where is the hope, the joy? Where is the Jesus everyone is singing about?

The ‘double effects’ of men behaving badly

By Phyllis Zagano — March 13, 2023
(RNS) — How some bishops and lay groups have become the de facto Catholic morality police.

They got us

By Phyllis Zagano — February 14, 2023
(RNS) — If people want to spend their millions promoting Jesus, they can. It’s a free country, after all.

Traditionalists, reform and women

By Phyllis Zagano — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — So-called traditionalists have lost two icons in recent weeks, deflating opposition to reform on women's roles.

The synod, the pope and the ordination of women

By Phyllis Zagano — December 14, 2022
(RNS) — Allowing women only in management and not in ministry ignores church history.

The confusing path of the US Catholic bishops

By Phyllis Zagano — November 21, 2022
(RNS) — At their fall plenary meeting, the bishops spent less time on the Gospel than on internal church matters.

Can Pope Francis survive the scheming of ‘the schismatics’?

By Phyllis Zagano — October 19, 2022
(RNS) — Members of his opposition are well situated to gather like-minded cardinals in the sort of conspiratorial meetings not known since the Middle Ages. 

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.
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