Welcome to
Paul Tedesco, Author

Welcome to
Paul Tedesco, Author

About the Author

Introducing Paul Tedesco


Retired and writing full-time now, I am a former pastor and administrator at a human services organization, holding a Master of Divinity degree. I have been a weekly columnist for The Catholic Spirit, a contributor to The National Catholic Reporter, and an invited headline guest on ABC 20/20 and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation radio network.

Hailing originally from West Virginia, I now reside in Pennsylvania. Reading has been my passion since before I can remember. My brother carried a bat and ball. I carried a book. I still do. Lots of them. Some of them now have my name attached as the author. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing. I actually started as a playwright, wayyyy off-Broadway. In West Virginia, actually, in the basement of our family home. I wrote, directed and acted. My brother, reluctantly, took the stage too. Our parents watched. From an early age, I loved the act of creating - characters, scenes, stories - something that didn't exist before and now, at the point of my pen, did. Later it was a journal. After that a column in a newspaper, articles in others, and radio and TV. Now it's books. Fiction and non-fiction alike. I love a good story. I hope you will too. It's all about 'imagination,' isn't it? Yours and mine. When a writer and reader 'imagine' together, the world gets exponentially bigger - and a lot more fun to boot! I try to create stories that take me 'somewhere else.' I try to write something I would enjoy reading. Most especially, I try to write what I hope you will enjoy reading. If you don't, I still enjoyed doing the writing. If you do, it's the Fourth of July every day! 

My books are under two names, P.E. Tedesco for fiction, and Paul Tedesco for non-fiction.

Princess of the Apostles - A Thriller


A secret of epic proportions is hidden deep in the bowels of the Vatican, where it has lain for two millennia, the existence of a thirteenth female apostle. Ross Culhane is a loyal adjutant in the Vatican Secret Archives, wary accomplice to a conspiracy that haunts an already tortured soul. American TV news anchor Becca Girard descends into the Eternal City, igniting a crusade, personal and professional, that will rock the foundations of the 'one true Church.' In the process, a startling secret that binds Ross and Becca will draw them to a showdown leaving both their lives hanging in the balance. The search for Serah winds from the Vatican to ancient ruins in Turkey to a bloodletting finale on the high altar of the Basilica of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles.


The Iscariot File

What if?    What if a feisty American archaeologist is about to find out? What if a secret no less epic for her is about to be spilled by rogue prelates who will stop at nothing to stop her? What if failure will incite a cataclysm destined to shake the foundations of all they hold sacred? 

Kobi Dylla is soulless as the artifacts she exhumes from the Middle Eastern sand. Vatican prelate Benuccio Garda’s soul is in turmoil, haunted by collusion with the covert Judaeus Sodalis contrived to protect the mother of all secrets. Their story winds from a Jerusalem monastery to the Israeli desert to an ancient Roman cemetery, interspersed with the illuminative musings of a spellbound scholarly Internet Mailing List. Did history’s most notorious rogue, Judas Iscariot himself, share the bloodline of Jesus of Nazareth? What if?

Millennial Catholicism: What Needs Fixed First


 Millennial Catholicism: What Needs Fixed First is an iconoclastic admonition for the nation’s religious monolith to right its ship while it still can. Sixty-two million souls hang in the balance. An estimated sixteen million others have already given up. Ten essential threats confronting Catholicism are presented, with solutions an embattled hierarchy will not want to hear...

 Nobody Knows My Name

We Don’t Do the Macarena on Sunday

We’re Paying Lip Service to Half the Flock

We Have Problems in the Priesthood

The Stockholders Can’t Get in the Boardroom

We Need To Reinvent the Papacy

We Don’t Know Beans about the Bible

There Are Cobwebs in the Confessional

We Haven’t Figured Out How to Talk About Sex

We’ve Gotten Used to the Empty Pews


R. Park

January 18, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars

Paul Tedesco comments on situations in the Catholic Church that account for some Millennials opting out. He gives examples that illustrate the problems and then suggests ways the problems might be eliminated. The book is well worth reading by anyone concerned with this problem.

There's No Place Like (Nursing) Home - Stories of Dementia, Dying, and Peeing on the Christmas Tree


I have an Nh.D.  Doctorate in Nursing Homes.  I got it at the University of Experience. One day my mother moved into a nursing home. On another she died there. What happened in between changed my life.  There’s No Place Like (Nursing) Home – Stories of Dementia, Dying, and Peeing on the Christmas Tree is a book for my friends, almost all of whom I haven’t met.  They, like me, are getting older. So are their parents. Many are or will end up in nursing homes. Most who do will die there. Whether my friends learn to smile in between can change their lives too.

The book is a short folksy memoir, a compendium of stories about what I saw, learned, and felt, and how I learned to smile again, then and now. Three-part dementia-inspired operas will do that. So will listening to a saintly mom call a white nurse a “honky.” I found laughter amidst my tears. In the midst of the tempest, I also found serenity for a troubled soul. So can my friends.


M. Mack

February 1, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars

Very personal account from a faith based author. My family is going through a similar situation so very helpful. Quick read.

Papal Audience - A Thriller



A beloved Pope has been kidnapped. His ransom: Bryce McIntyre, the President of the United States. The world watches as Cadyn Tunn, the crucified Vicar of Christ, is paraded across the world stage by Islamist captors via Internet streaming video, setting in motion a series of earth-shattering events designed to force the President to make the ultimate decision – her life for that of the Pope’s. 


In Vatican City, disgraced Swiss Guard Rodolphe Giger seeks to redeem his shattered reputation, and save his Pontiff, before it is too late, while malevolent Prince of the Church Lucano Oddi prepares to commit the most mortal of sins. A continent away, a psychological duel to the death ensues between captor Fatimah Saad and Tunn. In Washington, D.C., S.N.N. producer Madelyn Cacy receives a series of startling emails F.Y.E.O. – for your eyes only, casting her into the center of the storm. Meanwhile, Fatimah’s mysterious inamorato holds a secret that will bring an unsuspecting shell-shocked audience the world over to its knees. 

Each will be thrust into a cauldron that will test the very fiber of their souls. From the White House to Saint Peter’s Basilica, from the bedroom of a Cairo hotel to a lonely bunker in the vast wasteland of the Sahara, decisions large and small will determine if the keys of heaven can be protected from the powers of hell.

In Washington, D.C. and the Vatican, the clock is ticking. 



April 15, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars

Wow. A well-written story of intrigue both in the Vatican and Washington, D.C. involving an Arab sleeper cell in the latter.

What I'm Reading!

The Bastard, by John Jakes

If you like history, as well as a good story, you can't go wrong with this first in a series, The Kent Family Chronicles.  I read all eight over thirty years ago.  I loved them then, and am remembering why as I start the trek again.  Losing sleep, but it's worth it!  The story of our country, from the beginning, as told through a fascinating cast of characters, the Kents, who will feel like your own family.  Highly recommended.

Decision Points, by George W. Bush

I didn't want to read it when it first came out.  Too many decisions by our 43rd president with which I disagreed.  The passing of time has a way of providing perspective, though, especially in an age when the political world and the presidency are in daily turmoil.  What happened during '43's heyday looks different, better, with the passing of the years.  Moreover, the book 'sounds like W.'  You'll feel like you know him as you hear him tell the story of his presidency, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  A good read.

Coming in 2019


Agosto (‘Gus’) DiDio knows secrets, big ones, both personal and institutional. The former are ones he would rather forget. The latter are held sacred by his Church.  Gus wants to be a Bishop in that Church. He is on a fast track to have his wish come true.  Until, that is, a  secret from the past threatens the election of a new Pope, a secret that can topple the Church Gus is sworn to defend.  His soul, and that of the Church, hang in the balance.  


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