Tom Hoopes

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Tom Hoopes

Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department and edits The Gregorian, a Catholic identity speech digest. He was previously editor of the National Catholic Register for 10 years and with his wife, April, of Faith & Family magazine for five. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

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What Pope Francis Just Did for Religious Freedom in America

In Pope Francis’ visit to America, religious freedom was a key theme in his public addresses from the White House to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. But even more significantly, it was the... More

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Little Sister of the Poor: ‘His Gaze Was Like Jesus …’

In my day job, I work at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. One of my former journalism students is pictured above (at far left) with Pope Francis. I was so moved by talking with her, I deci... More


No, U.S. News, Francis Did Not Echo Obama

Gary Emerling at U.S. News & World Report thinks he spotted something. “Toward the beginning of his address,” to the U.S. Congress Sept. 24 “Francis alluded to religious extremism, ... More

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Pope Francis Gives Bishops 10 Lessons on Leadership

Pope Francis spoke to 300 U.S. bishops today, Sept. 23, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. he took the occasion to give them lessons in leadership. 1. Trust your managers. The firs... More


A Pope Is Coming. Expect Surprises

Papal visits follow a fairly predictable arc — they are predictably unpredictable. [caption id="attachment_68860" align="alignright" width="300"] John Paul approaches Denverr.[/caption] Rememb... More


VIDEOS: Unintentionally Pro-Life TV Commercials

Can you think of more unintentionally pro-life commercials? Watching the Kansas City Chiefs triumph on Sunday, I noticed a Windows 10 commercial that, if you think about it one way, is unintentiona... More


Is Kim Davis a Religious-Freedom Hero?

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is at the center of a debate among Christians. The problem is that her signature app... More

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Papal Visit 2015: Where Do You Stand on the Chair?

Where do you stand on the chair? James Thomas More Griffin, at his blog and on his Facebook page, posted a picture that went viral: It showed two popes’ chairs. One was built for Pope John... More

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Is Trump the New Obama? Ways They Are Alike

Over at Aleteia I argue that “Trump is a Mirror.” In writing it I started to notice another phenomenon: There are many similarities between Trump and Obama and their appeal ...   They ... More

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Jim Gaffigan’s ‘Shiite Catholic’ Wife and the New Evangelization

In interviews, Jeannie Gaffigan says she and her husband Jim are not trying to evangelize. But in a postmodern secularist world, maybe evangelization has to be indirect. “The Jim Gaffigan ... More



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