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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Dying Catholic Mom vs. Assisted Suicide Bill

Stephanie Packer says life is worth living, even with her terminal illness — and she wants to stop assisted suicide legislation in California. National Public Radio shared Packer’s story near... More

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Courage and Faith at Benedictine College – UPDATE: VIDEO

A remarkable story of courage and faith reached its climax on the commencement stage at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where I work, last weekend. As Kristen Adlhoch walked off with her d... More

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Fans want a Catholic Rematch for Pacquiao

Ex-Catholic Manny Pacquiao, pictured here with a Catholic priest who is a fan, lost the WBO Welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. May 2. Religion has loomed large in the Pacquiao -Maywea... More

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Stuff Catholic Dads Say

From what I understand of the “stuff dads say” genre, created originally by Justin Halpern, it is an opportunity to showcase the harsh worldly wise style of fathers. This is the harsh churchly wis... More

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Pope Francis, Management Guru

It’s not often that the Harvard Business Review shares papal wisdom for the benefit of its readers. But the Harvard Business Review just did. Gary Hamel, a big name in management advice, yes... More

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New Netflix Series: Angsty Catholic Daredevil

Netflix is debuting a superhero series today: “Marvel’s Daredevil”. The first season is streaming for subscribers starting April 10, and like the Ben Affleck movie in 1993, it references the... More

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10 Ways the Church Is Rising

  We are used to thinking of Christianity as a spent force, a dying ancient religion that had its day in the sun and now is over and done with. That is exactly how his opponents thought o... More

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Modern Martyrs’ Stations of the Cross

Opening prayer: Lord Jesus, Pope Francis has asked us to contemplate “the martyrs of our own time” saying, “They refuse to deny Jesus and they endure insult and injury with dignity. They fo... More

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VIDEO: 60 Minutes on Isis vs. Christians

  “They took everything from us, but they cannot take God from our hearts. They cannot.” Those are the opening words of Archbishop Nicodemus Sharaf in Mosul on tonight’s 60 Minute... More

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Words Only Hardcore Catholics Understand (With Translations)

I started thinking about this when we told friends one Friday in Lent, “We’re going to stations, then we’re going to have a lame, late dinner.” Of course we meant: “We’re attending ... More


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