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. He began his career as press secretary for the U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman and is a frequent contributor to Catholic publications. He lives in Atchison with his wife and nine children. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

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VIDEO: Saturday Night Live Goes to Mass

A new SNL video is eagerly being shared on Facebook because … it treats “church” like a normal thing. There is no crass joke riffing on the clergy abuse scandals … instead there is the prie... More

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Should the Pope Keep Quiet?

Over at Aleteia, I run down the list of things the media got wrong about Pope Francis in “2014: The Year In Pope Francis Misunderstandings.” The media got Francis wildly wrong again and again... More

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He Who Must Not Be Named: 10 Christmas Jesus Disses

Like it or not, Jesus is coming this Christmas. Many people don’t like it at all. Some call it Christophobia, though that designation recently took a hit. Some call it “the war on Christmas” ... More

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In Defense of ‘Mary Did You Know?’

When Bono said “There’s been a lot of talk about this next song, maybe way too much talk,” he could have been talking about “Mary Did You Know?” The “holiday song” which has attrac... More

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Can Pro-Lifers Grab the Latino Vote?

In the course of researching a recent article on Latinos, I learned that their votes are by no means set in stone. I was writing at Aleteia about the two duties of Catholics to Latinos. Since they... More

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Why We Call Them Heroes

This Veterans week, there is growing irritation on the part of some to the modern American custom of calling all veterans heroes. One recent example is David Masciotra’s Salon piece “You Don... More

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Father Larry Richards Defends the Pope

“Ok, I have had it.” Father Larry Richards wrote on his Facebook page on Oct 28. There followed the first strong words of a defense of the Pope that reached a high point yesterday (Nov. 9). Fat... More

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How Congress Makes or Breaks a President

The conventional wisdom says America’s success or failure is all about the president. Bush was a bad one, so the economy tanked … and Clinton was a good one so the economy soared. Obama’s a good... More

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A Pope, a Jesuit and an Archbishop Create a Teachable Moment on Same-Sex “Marriage”

Creighton University president Father Timothy Lannon announced in a letter to the university's board of trustees that the university will pay benefits to same-sex couples legally married in other stat... More

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Render Unto Caesar This Nov. 4

At the height of the American political season, the Church providentially gives us the famous “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s” Sunday Gospel. It is famous be... More


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