Voices
Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
Arts & CultureShort Take
Jim McDermott
I know what you are thinking—a decadent spectacle of wealth, really, that’s what the church needs right now? But hear me out.
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (Production Still)
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
To have John Mulaney dump his wife, leap into a celebrity romance and become a baby daddy all in a couple months feels like a complete betrayal to many of his fans. Catholics know that feeling well.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Many of the stories that came out of 9/11, tales of grief and rage, sin and freedom, seem relevant once again.
Siobhan Finneran and Sean Bean in ‘Time’ (photo: Britbox)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
The show presents a radical, eminently Catholic conviction: that men and women in jail are not “convicts,” but human beings on the same journey of sin, mercy and redemption.
A man fixes a young girl's face mask
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
Families are trying to be hopeful and trying to keep perspective. But they're also anxious, frustrated and exhausted.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Catholics have lots of great advice for their priests. Here, with all the humility you might expect of a Jesuit, is my own list of top five suggestions for Catholic preachers.
Women show their health passes to a waiter in Paris on Aug. 19, 2021. France, Italy, Denmark and the U.S. cities of New York, San Francisco and New Orleans are among the places that have imposed vaccination requirements at places like restaurants, gyms and theaters as the Delta variant of Covid-19 spreads. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
It can be dispiriting, even infuriating, to imagine our future with Covid-19. Spiritual exercises inspired by Ignatius can help us become more aware and move past our anger.
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
At some point you begin to wonder whether there is anyone in leadership who we can count on for decency, or whether every single one is just one whistleblower away from being outed as another Cuomo.
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
Facebook’s new prayer feature seems much more likely to invite us to turn further inward into that social media hellscape of narcissism and self-promotion. Pray for us, indeed.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, in eastern London, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day on March 6, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP, File)
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
Forty minutes of mentoring is only a start, but Meghan Markle and Melissa McCarthy’s initiative for women is a well-timed opportunity to show compassion.