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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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Time Magazine, Meet These Strong Sisters

Now Time magazine is doing it. A couple of weeks ago, Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times wrote a column (Sister Acts) praising religious sisters. Well, certain ones. As I argued at Aleteia, Kri... More

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Five Ways to Be Catholic at Work

Maybe it’s because of September. Maybe it’s because the great Patrick Lencioni will be on campus next week. Maybe it’s because my desk is a pile of papers each facing a different direction … b... More

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Lose Sexual Morality, Get Sexual Regulations

As school begins, student orientation at campuses across the country this year involves more than directions to the library and the hours of the fitness center. A full-scale federal assault on sexual ... More

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America Needs the Obama They Voted For, Not the One They Got

What America needs in a president right now is an inspirational civil-rights figure, peace leader and health-care champion. Why is it that we don’t have that? The headlines of the past summer ... More

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The ‘Fool-Priest’ Is Dead: Robin Williams, Rest in Peace

In the wake of the death of Robin Williams, Facebook and Twitter lit up with reminiscences. The best YouTube, for me, was the sign off from Mork to Orson about the loss of a friend (see it below). ... More

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“I Like Having Lots of Siblings Because…”

It was June. My phone had a new message on it from my daughter. She was away on mission in India. I gathered the children and plugged the phone into the speaker to listen. I immediately regretted p... More

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Progressive Hatred: Salon’s White Hot Headlines

“Conservatives think that liberals are good people with bad ideas, whereas liberals think conservatives are bad people." Todd Zywicki recalled that aphorism after reading a Johnathon Haidt book. ... More

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Christianity On the Rise Amid Persecution

“There are more witnesses, more martyrs in the Church today than there were in the first centuries,” said Pope Francis last week. He decried the persecution but added “The Church grows thanks ... More

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I Saw Jefferson, Crying

I saw Thomas Jefferson today by the Missouri River near Atchison, Kansas, crying. (I know it’s hard to believe; I hardly believe it myself!) “Hello, Mr. President,” I said. He fought to re... More

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Putting Student Loans in Perspective

Josh Mercer posted a story below about Mark Cuban and student loans, so I thought it only fair that the opposite argument should appear here. Full disclosure: In order to write this post I’m taki... More


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