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Tom Hoopes, author of What Pope Francis Really Said, 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.


  1. The real problem is that the Republican politicians are holding the American people and SCOTUS hostage over an ideological litmus test. They refuse to let the system play itself out. McConnell says he is scared that the party will lose control of the Congress. His actions involving the Senate judiciary Committee will exacerbate that problem.

    • I guess I don’t understand your “holding hostage” thing.

      I think that the right to life for all people in the US isn’t exactly some far-reaching ideological extrapolation, and it’s OK to want judges who don’t legislate from the bench (RvW).

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