Catholic Family News

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Catholic Family News (CFN) is a Traditionalist Catholic monthly publication of Catholic Family Ministries.

Catholic Family News
Catholic Family News December 2006 front page
December 2006 front page
TypeMonthly newspaper
Owner(s)Catholic Family Ministries, Inc.
Editor-in-chiefBrian McCall[1]
Managing editorMatt Gaspers
Founded1994; 30 years ago (1994)
Political alignmentTraditional Catholic
Headquarters1151 Sheridan Dr.
Tonawanda, NY
OCLC number33088874



Founded in 1994, CFN was run for many years by John Vennari (1958-2017). Vennari served as both editor and publisher of CFN. He was succeeded as managing editor by Matt Gaspers. Brian McCall became editor-in-chief in 2018.[citation needed]

Former Disney actor Murray Rundus joined CFN as Production Manager in 2023.[2]

Editorial views


An associate and collaborator of Nicholas Gruner, Vennari was a frequent contributor to Gruner's Fatima Crusader. Catholic Family News has a close relationship with Marcel Lefebvre's Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). Vennari's funeral service, at his request, was conducted by members of SSPX.[3] The SSPX publishing house, Angelus Press, is a CFN advertiser and CFN editor Brian McCall has appeared at conferences sponsored by Angelus Press. In June 2018, shortly after becoming editor-in-chief, McCall interviewed Niklaus Pfluger, First General Assistant of SSPX.

In April 2019, McCall was one of nineteen original signatories to an "open letter" accusing Pope Francis of heresy.[4]

The paper also includes devotional materials, and articles on historic Roman Catholic teachings and persons, as well as about the history and martyrology of the Eastern Catholic Churches. Articles have appeared on Sister Annella Zervas, O.S.B.,[5] Blessed Theodore Romzha, Mother Agnes Hart,[6] and Father Leo Heinrichs, O.F.M.[7]


  1. ^ "Catholic Family News - Ontario Library Service Consortium - OverDrive". Ontario Library Service Consortium. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  2. ^ Nov. 22, 2023: Church Militant, Javier Milei, Transgenders in the Vatican, One World Woke Religion on YouTube
  3. ^ "John Vennari Laid to Rest in New York". SSPX. April 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Benevento, Maria (May 1, 2019). "Letter signed by more than 1,500 accuses Pope Francis of the 'canonical delict of heresy'". National Catholic Reporter.
  5. ^ King, Brendan D., "The Apostle of Suffering: The Life and Death of Minnesota's Un-Canonized Saint," Catholic Family News, December 2008, pp. 1, 23–26.
  6. ^ Rebecca Terrell, Mother Agnes Hart and the Sisters of Loreto, February 2010. Pages 3,4, 18.
  7. ^ Archbishop Amelto Giovanni Cicognani, Colorado's Martyr of the Eucharist, September 2009. Pages 11, 25.