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.

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Wait. Do We Get To Be Charlie Hebdo Too?

  Thank God the Pope said what he did about Charlie Hebdo. He said it’s wrong to kill in the name of God, but it’s also wrong to insult people in the name of secularism. I love the... More

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Talking Back to Atheist Billboards

As atheistic movements grow more bold, they are putting up monuments and anti-shrines and billboards. Here are some images of atheist billboards and what I would say to them, if they could hear me ...... More

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Michael Keaton Defends His Catholic School

  First Jimmy Fallon fondly remembered the Latin Mass. Then Bill Murray did. Now  Michael Keaton, the actor best known for Batman and Beetlejuice, is speaking about the positive aspects... More

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Four Joys of Christmas, and What They Say About Us

The way I count them, there are four principal joys of Christmas — four aspects of the holiday that make it stand out in our minds from childhood on. They are the four principal themes of Chr... More

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VIDEO: Saturday Night Live Goes to Mass

A new SNL video is eagerly being shared on Facebook because … it treats “church” like a normal thing. There is no crass joke riffing on the clergy abuse scandals … instead there is the prie... More

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Should the Pope Keep Quiet?

Over at Aleteia, I run down the list of things the media got wrong about Pope Francis in “2014: The Year In Pope Francis Misunderstandings.” The media got Francis wildly wrong again and again... More

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He Who Must Not Be Named: 10 Christmas Jesus Disses

Like it or not, Jesus is coming this Christmas. Many people don’t like it at all. Some call it Christophobia, though that designation recently took a hit. Some call it “the war on Christmas” ... More

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In Defense of ‘Mary Did You Know?’

When Bono said “There’s been a lot of talk about this next song, maybe way too much talk,” he could have been talking about “Mary Did You Know?” The “holiday song” which has attrac... More

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Can Pro-Lifers Grab the Latino Vote?

In the course of researching a recent article on Latinos, I learned that their votes are by no means set in stone. I was writing at Aleteia about the two duties of Catholics to Latinos. Since they... More

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Why We Call Them Heroes

This Veterans week, there is growing irritation on the part of some to the modern American custom of calling all veterans heroes. One recent example is David Masciotra’s Salon piece “You Don... More


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