Category Archives: Media

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 [...]

A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What’s the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Christmas isn’t just sugarplum fairies and Santa Claus after all. It is good that the Church does this, because if you compare each day from [...]

Two Words That Catholics Need To Stop Using…Like Now

If you’re ever looking to play a rousing game of Bait the Redhead, may I suggest tacking one of two little adjectives onto the word “Catholic?” Those adjectives? Conservative and liberal. This is a long-standing pet peeve of mine (circa 2002), but all the brouhaha this past year over Pope Francis (“He’s sticking it to [...]

A Shockin’ Holy Saint?

In his classic book of Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis warns against the position–common today among spiritual-but-not-religious types–that Jesus was a fine ethicist (“Love your neighbor”) but that his relevance for the modern world pretty much ends there. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about [...]


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