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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Okay, Hozier. I’ll Take You to Church

“Take Me to Church” is the song by Hozier that debuted in September 2013 but is getting attention now, notably at the Grammys, where he sang it with Annie Lennox. The problem is Hozier — ... More

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What Catholics Can Learn From Super Bowl XLIX

Maybe it’s because my Connecticut sons are big Patriots fans. Maybe it’s because I was alone with my iPhone at video shoots all day yesterday. But the fascinating end of Super Bowl XLIX  (yes, ... More

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VIDEO: Super Bowl 2015 Spotlight on Vince Lombardi’s Faith

Before Super Bowl XLIX starts (yes, that’s this year’s) the NFL Channel will air a documentary spotlighting Vince Lombardi, including discussion of how his devout Catholic faith shaped him int... More

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Watching American Sniper as a Catholic

  I watched American Sniper last night with friends from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and experienced all the elements that are making this film such a powerful force nationwid... More

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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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