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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.

Recent Posts

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Five Disappointing Things About Advent

Advent must have been something great back in the day. The sober, quiet calm before the storm of Christmas cheer. A time to hole up and gather energy for the Christmas feast. It is not so anymore. ... More

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Rush vs. the Pope: 7 Quotes Answered

Rush Limbaugh let fly a barrage of criticism yesterday about what he called “the latest anti-capitalist proclamation from the pope.” He was talking about Evangelii Gaudium, but he was getting his ... More


Black Friday for Walmart and for Obamacare

Black Friday. That’s the name  first given by police for the frenzied, aggressive  shopping day after Thanksgiving. This year the Friday after Thanksgiving is a big deal for another reason: It... More

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Obama and the Disillusionment of America

We have come a long way since the rock-solid convictions of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the high hopes of John F.Kennedy's aim-for-the-moon and "ask not" rhetoric. The anniversaries we... More

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Top 10 Scholarly Tweets About the Body

Live tweeting an academic conference is a strange, self-contradictory thing to do. Creating a top 10 list from the tweets is probably worse. But here I go. Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Cult... More

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10 Catholic Cliches (And What They Really Mean)

Friends at Benedictine College and I were translating common sayings by Catholics last week. Add others in the comments if you think of any. 1. When a Catholic says: “I’ll pray about it.” ... More

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Miley, Lady Gaga and the War on Women

After her infamous performance at the VMAs, it was uncertain whether Miley Cyrus would become a cautionary tale or a cultural bellweather. The evidence is in: Miley Cyrus scored a major victory in ... More

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Catholic College Humor

[caption id="attachment_55356" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A sister tests a Mechanical Engineering student's hovercraft at Benedictine College's Discovery Day.[/caption] Ah, college humor. From... More

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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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