Category Archives: Media

The Sicilian Nun, the Teary-Eyed Italian Rapper and Other Little Miracles

One of the great gifts of the Internet is the ability to see little miracles from around the world. And they’re not always Marian apparitions or amazing healings or people rescued from near-certain death or even a puppy fished from a drainpipe (although it’s hard to beat that one). No, sometimes they’re reality-TV auditions, and [...]

Speaking Ill of the Dead

As of this morning, the exact cause of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains an unsolved mystery. However, it seems most plausible based on what we know so far that the hypothesis published a week ago in Wired magazine is closest to the truth. After weeks of increasingly wild and disturbing speculation, the [...]

Stop Applauding Duke Student’s Porn Career

Miley Cyrus putting “twerking” on televisions and smart phones across the country was nothing. Belle Knox is mainstreaming violent anti-woman pornography in the warm approving glow of a media spotlight — while journalists applaud her. Belle Knox is the stage name of the Duke University student who says she turned to a pornography career to pay [...]

Beyond the Great Lenten Phone and Facebook Fast

We are fast approaching Ash Wednesday, and it is time to start planning your Lenten fast. Lent is about recommitting to prayer, fasting so as to make room for God and almsgiving to relearn self-giving love — and for many of us, the biggest obstacle to prayer is social media, the biggest time-waster (and stressor) [...]

How the Great Books Rewired My Brain

In the five years I have worked at Benedictine College, my wife, April, and I have longed, hoped, pleaded and planned for a Benedictine College Great Books Program. Our old friends Edward Mulholland and Susan (Orr) Traffas have finally accomplished the goal: The program starts this Fall, in time for Hoopes Child Number 2 (of [...]

The Media Will Never Report What Pope Francis Just Said

  In a startling coincidence, every progressive Catholic media outlet and every mainstream Vatican correspondent was out sick today. All of them.  Down with the flu.  On the same day. How else to explain the complete and utter absence of any reporting by these sources on what Pope Francis said today during his general audience? [...]

President Ecclesiastes?

Buried amidst the wall-to-wall coverage of pressing national issues like Michael Sam’s coming out party and Chris Christie’s traffic jam, the Obama Administration has announced that it will be delaying and weakening the employer mandate once again. Politico notes that this will be a boon to unscrupulous small business owners who now have more time to [...]

Hyper-Catholic Tweets About Super Bowl Ads

Okay, since the game was boring, I spent my time creating (and collecting here) hyper Catholic tweets about Super Bowl ads … The best commercial was Tebow’s “No Contract” T-Mobile ad. Hey, Tebow … your baptism gives you a contract with the Catholic Church. We'll sign you. http://t.co/e6ztVP2I5V pic.twitter.com/XkeUwiPED6 — Tom Hoopes (@TomHoopes) February 3, [...]

Kudos to Katie Couric

This doesn’t happen often, but I have something positive to say about a major media personality. Here is a report by Katie Couric (for her new talk show) about sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is exploitation of women and children and it’s a huge problem in our society, but also at major events like the Super [...]


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