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. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

Recent Posts


Don’t Be an Anti-Trump Hypocrite

Like so many of my friends on Facebook, I would put Donald Trump as number 4 million on my list of preferred presidential candidates, somewhere below a write-in campaign for Mickey Mouse. Like so m... More

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Our Epic Ten Commandments Failures

It would be hard to over-emphasize the importance of the Ten Commandments. But recent news headlines suggest that we are failing to live up to the Ten Commandments in a particularly virulent way. ... More


Colbert Welcomes Pope Francis for Catholic Charities

Stephen Colbert is featured in a video welcoming Pope Francis to the United States for Catholic Charities. I will embed it when I can, but right now I can only find it at Aleteia. Here is ... More


Who Is Francis? South America Edition

When I shared my favorite Pope Francis quotes from his South America trip, I had to leave off a few. That’s a shame: They were precisely the ones that might give comfort to those Americans who f... More

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A Sort of Homecoming: Top 10 Pope Francis Quotes From South America

From July 7-13, Pope Francis visited South America: Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Here are my personal 10 favorite quotes from the trip; words that show his Gospel-centered faith and pastor’s... More


‘You Know You’re a Catholic If …’ Summer 2015 Edition

Dr. Edward Mulholland at the Gregorian Institute helped me compile this list of ways you can tell you are Catholic in these tumultuous times. You know you are a Catholic in the summer of 2015 if …... More

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Papal Apartments: 3 Popes’ Humble Homes

The Pope’s visit to his native South America got me thinking. I suppose it is as much a commentary on the difference between the American Dream and European expectations as anything else, but you ca... More


People I Don’t Hate

I am Catholic, and I don’t hate people. My beliefs sometimes entail disagreeing with them, but that shouldn’t be confused with “hate.” Let me introduce you to some people that I don’t... More


10 Encyclicals for Boys the Pope Should Consider

[caption id="attachment_67253" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo: St. Agnes Catholic School[/caption] With all the talk and preparation for the encyclical on ... More


Video Makes Case Against Assisted Suicide in California

Late last week, California's Assisted Suicide Bill took one more step toward State law ... and as with so much that happens in California, that is one more step toward nationwide law. Reuters r... More



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