Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
If you are here because you read elsewhere that we are a scandalous newspaper (or that I am a scandalous newspaper editor) who has traded our Catholic heritage away in order to support Obama, there are a few things you should know.
1. It’s not true. (Links follow below) I have updated the original link to try to clarify it.
The very idea that the National Catholic Register would be pro-Obama is bizarre. We’ve been running wall-to-wall stories delineating the depth and extent of the wickedness of his positions for months.
2. What you read was unfair. I know it was unfair, because lots of people have written about this, but no critic has contacted me directly to ask me about it. (Be the first! firstname.lastname@example.org)
3. I think pro-lifers and Catholics need a message of hope — and a warning. The hope: Reality is on our side. There are pro-life majorities and pro-marriage majorities that can be deepened and increased. Heck, in many respects, it’s not “Can we win this” but “Can we finish winning this?” The warning: They’ll only listen to you if they think you show a modicum of respect toward the nice man and his nice family in the White House.
There are still pro-life and pro-marriage majorities in America. Many of our voters voted for Obama. Let’s not hand off our ball to the other team. Let’s get them back. See “Hot Topics” at the bottom of the home page for articles you can pass on.
And here is the editorial proof of our pro-life position on the election, for the unconvinced.
“Obama’s Abortion Extremism” by Princeton’s Robert George.
For proof that we have remained steadfast in our pro-life beliefs after the election, click below on the “abortion” and “obama” tags. For my own posts, click on “weekend commentary.”
Click here to see readers defend the Register.
— Tom Hoopes