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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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How New Media Can Enhance Our Lives

When I shared the terrible things social media are doing to our lives, I started by quoting Plato’s fears that writing would hurt our memories. He was right — it did. But of course writing did ... More

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How New Media Are Destroying Our Lives

Plato worried that the new media called “writing” would ruin our memories – and he was right. “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise mem... More

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Catholics Speak Out About Their Homosexuality

If you haven't yet, check out "The Third Way" video from Blackstone Films. It is worth spending each of the 38 minutes it takes to watch it. The Third Way from Blackstone Films on Vimeo. I j... More

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‘As long as I have breath within me I shall cry out Peace in the name of God!’

“As long as I have breath within me I shall cry out Peace in the name of God!” So said Pope John Paul II, in 2002, when he was rapidly losing the breath within him. He spoke to America a... More

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God Save the Oddballs: A Case for Catholic College

Augustine’s heart was restless until it rested in God. For me it was my legs, too. When I was a Freshman at the University of Arizona, I used to go on long walks alone at night, restlessly traver... More

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Popes Clearly Say Who Can and Can’t Receive Communion

Reading the comments to John's excellent post about Bishop Paprocki, I sense a kind of amnesia. So, for the record: There is already lots of clarity about communion and pro-abortion politicians. A... More

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10 Things I Did Differently This Week Because John Paul II Existed

The saints who will be canonized on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it. In planning... More

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A Scripture Scholar, a Great Books Guy, a Campus Minister and an Engineer Walk Into Noah …

I saw Noah last night with two Benedictine College professors  — a Scripture Scholar and a Mechanical Engineer — our Director of College Ministry and a Great Books Guy from Kansas University. ... More

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12 Stunning Statues of John Paul the Great

On April 27, shortly after his canonization, Benedictine College will rename its student union after Pope John Paul II. It’s the latest in a number of commemorations of the great pope’s legacy. ... More

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Before Noah: Top 100 Proudly Catholic Movies

If you love Noah, we have more like it for you. If you hate Noah, here’s an alternative. The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College surveyed 6,500 online readers to vote on their favorite “Pro... More


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