Go, and Search Diligently for the Child  

Fr. Kevin Drew

January 4, 2022

Herod the Great, the King of the Jews – was neither a king nor a Jew.  His mother was an Arab, the daughter of a sheik, and his father was an Idumean (Edomite) from south of Israel.  The name “Herod” isn’t even Jewish, it’s Greek.  It’s a name from Greek mythology.  How did Herod, who…

The Poignant Grief of the Holy Innocents

John Paul Sonnen

December 28, 2021

“Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, O God, thou perfected praise because of thine enemies.  O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” -Roman Missal, Introit for Dec. 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents In the midst of the joy of Christmas which fills both heaven and earth,…

Mary as the Ark of the Covenant

Fr. Kevin Drew

December 22, 2021

The Ark of the Covenant was a wood box about four-feet long and two and a half-feet wide.  The word “ark” comes from the Hebrew word “aron” which means chest or coffer.  The Ark was no ordinary chest.  It was plated inside and out with gold.  And it had an ornate cover, called the mercy…

“Road Map” to the Survival of the Catholic Family

Mother Miriam

November 30, 2021

Beloved, included in my previous (first!) column was the “road map” to the survival of the Catholic family in the midst of what Bishop Athanasius Schneider has called a “heretical wasteland.” I mentioned I would strive to cover each of the twelve points in subsequent posts. Here, as a brief refresher, are Bishop Schneider’s twelve…

Julia Meloni’s The St. Gallen Mafia: Crucial Insights into Pope Francis

Paul Kengor

November 19, 2021

Julia Meloni’s new book, The St. Gallen Mafia, is a fascinating work. Rarely do I push through a book in two days, but this time I did. The research and writing are outstanding. A read of the text and study of the footnotes and bibliography make clear that Meloni seems to have read every book…

Preserving Catholic Culture in a Hostile World

John Paul Sonnen

November 18, 2021

  By J. P. Sonnen “Tolerance will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Christian family finds itself today in a unique and precarious situation of survival. Catholic beliefs and practices are on trial and pushed ever into the private…

How Catholics Fall into Liberalism

Fr. Felix Sarda y Salvany

November 16, 2021

“Liberalism is therefore the radical and universal denial of all divine truth and Christian dogma, the primal type of all heresy, and the supreme rebellion against the authority of God and His Church.” –Fr. Felix Sarda y Salvany Below is an excerpt from a TAN Books classic, Liberalism is a Sin by Fr. Felix Sarda…

Exposing the St. Gallen Mafia: Exclusive Interview with the Author

Julia Meloni

November 12, 2021

In discussing my new book, The St. Gallen Mafia, certain questions frequently come up. Here are some of them. What made you want to write this book? I still remember the moment when I first became captivated with the St. Gallen mafia, the secret group of high-ranking churchmen who used to meet at or near…

John Paul II’s Feast Day and Historic Landmarks

Paul Kengor

October 22, 2021

October 22 is the feast day of Saint Pope John Paul II (on the General Roman Calendar). And for this year, 2021, his feast day comes at a historically notable time. This year marks some remarkable anniversaries related to what in retrospect was one of the sainted pope’s most notable historical accomplishments: the defeat of…

The Dogma of Hell is the Most Terrible Truth

Conor Gallagher

October 21, 2021

The TAN book entitled The Dogma of Hell: Illustrated by Facts Taken From Profane and Sacred History, by Fr. F. X. Schouppe, SJ, begins crisply as any author could make it: “THE DOGMA OF HELL is the most terrible truth of our faith. There is a Hell. We are as sure of it as of…

Spiritual Heroes and the Threat of Sadness

John Paul Sonnen

October 19, 2021

“Don’t allow sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely.” —Padre Pio In the present days of corruption in church and government, implosion of family life, progressive demoralization of schools and academic institutions, we honor spiritual heroes who live amidst us as mentors and exemplars. These are the…

Making Dystopia: The Rise of Ugly Modern Church Architecture

John Paul Sonnen

October 14, 2021

“What we have is given by God and to teach it to others is to return it to Him.” —Gian Lorenzo Bernini In the Catholic tradition, church architecture reflects the classical footprint. This is because classic architecture is unparalleled in its dignity, beauty, harmony, and intelligibility to the common man. It speaks of greatness, order,…

St. Michael’s Help is Urgent for Today

Father Akers

October 4, 2021

You may have heard a recent report of an archdiocese in the United States forbidding the St. Michael’s prayer to be said after Mass. On the other hand, there are several other dioceses around the world that have encouraged priests to lead this prayer after Mass. Until 1965, this prayer was mandated at the end…

Look Upon Your Child as An Immortal Creature

Conor Gallagher

October 1, 2021

Look at your little child. See the little smile, the little nose; see the little arms and legs; hear the sweet little voice that calls your name in joy and sorrow. If you could, you would imitate God and number the hairs upon your little one’s head (Mt 10:30), treasuring each one, “for where your…

From Mother’s Heart to Your Home…

Mother Miriam

Beloved, this is my first column to you within the wonderful and God-blessed family of TAN. I am honored to be invited to write this monthly column and am especially grateful that we can, in this way, support one another as the enemy continues his battle for the destruction of the family. I say that…


Paul Kengor

I love the old Twilight Zone episodes. One of my favorites is called “The Howling Man.” A bedraggled, desperate, ill tourist somewhere in the remote mountains of Europe happens upon a monastery late at night in the middle of nowhere. The monks and the abbot, Brother Jerome, are reluctant to let him in, but their…

On the Devil, Cultural Marxism, and St. John Vianney

Julia Meloni

Growing up, I often saw my father reading a thick biography of Saint John Vianney.  Some years later, I would pick up my own copy of The Curé D’Ars and read about the devil and John Vianney. “For the space of some thirty-five years—from 1824 to 1858—the Curé d’Ars was subjected, even outwardly, to the…

Parents as Spiritual Guides

John Paul Sonnen

“The family is the foundation unit of the human race.  God Himself solemnized and witnessed the first marriage and ordained that through marriage the race should increase and multiply.  The continuance of marriage and the family throughout time was therefore the plan of God. Christ, moreover, when on earth, concerned Himself with the nature of…

The Last of the Martyrs of the Coliseum

John Paul Sonnen

“The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.” —Tertullian There is an old story told in Rome of a fifth-century monk named Telemachus, whose name has been written in the annals of Roman history. On a memorable day in the year 404, it is recorded he entered the Coliseum in Rome, the largest ancient…

The Clash of Angels (Part II)

Conor Gallagher

As tradition holds, O Lord, the radical idea of Your incarnation became known to the angels. Your greatest of angels of the highest choir, Lucifer the seraphim, could not bear the thought. He, the greatest of all creation, would be called to bow down to flesh and bone, artery and vein, synapse and sinew. He…