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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How the Great Books Rewired My Brain

In the five years I have worked at Benedictine College, my wife, April, and I have longed, hoped, pleaded and planned for a Benedictine College Great Books Program. Our old friends Edward Mulholland a... More

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Ten Signs Your Confession May Have Been Invalid

Sacramentally speaking, there are a few things that would make a confession invalid: The penitent must examine his or her conscience, truly repent, confess all mortal sins and do the penance he or s... More

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Meet the Hardcore Catholic Millennials

[caption id="attachment_57785" align="alignright" width="280"] Catholic Register photo, Emma Brown[/caption] Much has been written about the Millennials, the generation born in the 1990s — or as ... More

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Hyper-Catholic Tweets About Super Bowl Ads

Okay, since the game was boring, I spent my time creating (and collecting here) hyper Catholic tweets about Super Bowl ads ... The best commercial was Tebow's "No Contract" T-Mobile ad. Hey, Tebow... More

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Pope to Catholic Academia: Be Both

There are three possible approaches to Catholic higher education. One is to retreat from the world, and be “just Catholic.” Another is to retreat from the Church and be “just a university.” Th... More

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I Googled ‘55 Million.’ Here Is What I Found.

When the Drudge Report linked Kristen Hawkins’ piece about being “overwhelmed” by the 55 million deaths of unborn children since Roe v. Wade became law in 1973, it had the intended effect. For m... More

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Mary Leads the March for Life

Students say it is no coincidence that Benedictine College was chosen to lead the March for Life in the year of its consecration to the Blessed Mother. [caption id="attachment_57256" align="alignri... More

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March Leaders Can Thank the Unaborted Bishop

This year, Benedictine College will be leading the March for Life in Washington, D.C., thanks to a mother who refused to abort a bishop. My favorite argument against abortion is the George Bailey a... More

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Prayer for Putting Christmas Decorations Away

For many Catholics, today (or next week, the Baptism of the Lord, or Candlemas Feb. 2) is the day to take down Christmas decorations. Here’s a prayer to say to make it more meaningful: “Lord J... More

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A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What's the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Chr... More


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