Voices
Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria in this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo at the Karnes County Residential Center, a detention center for immigrant families operated by the GEO Group in Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottMay 28, 2019
Jesuits West province requested that GEO, which runs 134 facilities around the world—including 69 detention centers in the United States—“report annually…on how it implements” its human rights policy.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottMay 21, 2019
If almost a decade of watching “Game of Thrones” has taught me anything, it’s that fairy tale endings are for children.
Men pray together at the Man Up Philly Men's Spirituality Conference at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia in March 2014. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com)
Faith Features
Jim McDermottMay 08, 2019
The last year has witnessed the rise of an extraordinary international conversation around gender and power. In this watershed moment, where is the church? And how can it help?
St. Ignatius Church, on the campus of the University of San Francisco (iStock/Bakstad)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottMay 06, 2019
The Jesuit university has achieved carbon neutrality through energy efficiency and also through the financial support of reforestation projects and other green initiatives around the world.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottApril 12, 2019
Daenerys Targaryen embodies the element that makes the show so deeply compelling, namely, the quest to throw off the debilitating chains of social convention.
In May 2013, along with the adjacent Men’s Central Jail, the Twin Towers jail ranked as one of the ten worst sites of incarceration in the United States, based on reporting in Mother Jones magazine: “Eyewitnesses, including several prison chaplains, have reported that attacks by deputies at the twin facilities are often unprovoked or brought on by the slightest infractions.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottApril 08, 2019
County supervisors approved $2.2 billion in June 2018 to build a replacement with the notable amendment that the new facility would be designed with a focus on mental health and rehabilitation.
Sharon Hogan and Rob Delaney (photo: IMDB)
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottMarch 22, 2019
The hit Amazon show asks: Can we really just be unapologetically ourselves?
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottMarch 15, 2019
Anyone watching “Leaving Neverland” should come away with one fundamental question, and for Catholics, it is a familiar one: How did we not see this coming?
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottMarch 01, 2019
“We respect him and his office,” she told America. “But right now the issue of clergy sexual abuse is so much in the news, and the issue of covering up.” Cardinal Mahony, she said, is a “symbol of this.”
Faith Explainer
Jim McDermottFebruary 28, 2019
There are elements in the trial of Cardinal Pell that do not easily translate to a U.S. context, including a media blackout and the cardinal’s long history with the issues of sexual abuse and cover-up.