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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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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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Rules For Dating My Daughter

When I saw the buzzy Tumblr photo by Kristine Speare of her dad's “Rules for Dating My Daughter” t-shirt, something bothered me about it. I get why it is popular. The dad-joke that says “Sure,... More

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Reporting Rome Right: Five Questions With Fr. John Wauck

Last Fall Father John Wauck spoke at Benedictine College and other campuses about Pope Francis, the communicator. Now he is offering a week-long seminar in Rome for journalists, “The Church Up Clos... More

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The Way You End a War Can Be Unjust, Too

In 1991, St. John Paul II tried hard to warn America away from war in the Persian Gulf. America went anyway. Once the fighting started, though, John Paul sent a letter to the first President Bush. ... More

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Obama’s Taliban Trade and Violence Against Women

In late May, as  women were marching against misogynistic violence in Isla Vista,  Calif.,  and speaking out on Twitter, the Obama administration was brokering a deal to free five world-class viole... More

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The Pope Francis Playlist: Songs Against the Idolatry of Money

Pope Francis likes to warn against the idolatry of money so prevalent in our day... so I made a Pope Francis Playlist. The songs excoriate, lament or exhort those who consider money something more im... More

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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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