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. 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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Pope Francis’ Plain-Talk Catechism

Rome priest Father John Wauck told some Benedictine College students the other day that when Pope Francis repeats lessons from the Catechism in everyday language, the world is surprised by what amount... More

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Obama’s Legacy: 10 Dubious Firsts

How will Obama’s presidency be remembered? We quickly learn in life that people tend to notice what we actually do more than our self-assessment. Obama’s administration  is one thing in news c... More

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Anti-Science? Fact-Resistant Secular Myths

Religious people are so insistent on our faith-based worldview that we reject scientific fact to preserve our comfortable fiction. Right? That’s the charge that is often made. And it has been tru... More

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The Hard Way of Pope Francis

Call it “The Hard Way of Pope Francis.” Here are three major challenges of Pope Francis that I expect hit raw nerves in more Americans than just me. 1. At all costs, follow Christ crucifie... More

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NEWS ALERT! Pope Francis Follows Jesus on Abortion

If people’s minds were blown when they found out that the Pope actually believes the Catechism, imagine how blown their minds are when they figure out that the Pope actually imitates Jesus Christ. ... More

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I Work At Our Lady’s College

I work at Our Lady’s college — you know, that college with a long history in the Midwest, a winning football tradition, a memorable fight song, and a beautiful Lourdes grotto that people visit... More

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Pope Francis Beats Obama on Syria

Pope Francis has called for a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace on Sept. 7. His global strike for peace will beat Obama’s military strike by two days at least. After his administratio... More

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Today’s Black Heroes Do MLK Proud

Americans of every age have been nourished by the speech Martin Luther King Jr. delivered 50 years ago on the Mall. It stirred my soul as a child and is one of the reasons I wanted to try to be a w... More

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The Things Worth Losing For

Last weekend was Jody Bottum weekend in the Catholic blogosphere. Reading Bottum and the commentary on Bottum — those who agree with him that fighting for marriage wasn’t worth the effort, and tho... More

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The Pope’s Friend Mary

My wife just consecrated herself to Mary today (using Fr. Michael Gaitley's book) , and I'm preparing to do the same (on Sept. 8, along with Benedictine College). A good part of the inspiration for... More


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