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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Words Only Hardcore Catholics Understand (With Translations)

I started thinking about this when we told friends one Friday in Lent, “We’re going to stations, then we’re going to have a lame, late dinner.” Of course we meant: “We’re attending ... More

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Democrats Fear a ‘Catholic Apocalypse’

“The Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse,” Patricia Miller warns at Salon. Her article does a good job of marshaling statistics, but when she assesses the reasons for the apoc... More

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Honoring Love: Jean Vanier To Get Templeton Prize

It was announced today, March 11, that Jean Vanier, one of the great Catholic men of our time, has been awarded the Templeton Prize. Vanier is the 86-year-old founder of L’Arche, communities fo... More

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Why Conservatives Should Want to End the Death Penalty

Capital punishment is often used as a “cover” issue by conservatives and liberals. For those who self-identify as liberal, being against capital punishment can be a way to be pro-life witho... More


Lives of the Martyrs: Heroes ISIS Gave Us

I gave a talk last night in Bendena, Kansas, about martyrs of the 21st century, starting with the Coptic Christians of Egypt and working backwards to some of those killed in the 9/11 attacks on Amer... More


50 Shades of ISIS: How Marketing Has Changed Us

Picture this: It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and for the first time the world is seeing a media phenomenon that is about to make big news. In slick footage using the best production values availab... More

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Wounded Love: Our Grammy Valentines

Our love songs say a lot about where we are as a culture. Over at Catholic Digest I wrote “Only the Church Believes What the Love Songs Say,” which argues that our most enduring pop paeans ... More


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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