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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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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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‘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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