Voices
Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
Faith Features
Jim McDermottJanuary 09, 2020
Again and again I have watched Californians find a way beyond the categories they are supposed to occupy.
Daisy Ridley stars in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." (CNS photo/Disney)
Arts & Culture Film
Jim McDermottDecember 27, 2019
In my experience the separation of priest from everybody else is neither helpful nor based on any kind of truth.
Photo: CNS, Netflix, Showtime, America
Arts & Culture Ideas
Jim McDermottDecember 27, 2019
How can it be that the finale of “Lost,” the introduction of the iPad and “Bridesmaids” all happened within the last 10 years?
Photo courtesy Jon Rou, Loyola Marymount University
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottDecember 20, 2019
Being courtside at a presidential candidate debate sounds thrilling, but it turns out that you don’t get a great view of all the candidates. While I can see Biden’s head, I cannot see the body to which it is attached, and from my angle Senator Elizabeth Warren is just a left arm. Worse, Mayor Pete
‘Watchmen‘'s main character, Angela Abraham, right, is played by the ever-outstanding Regina King (photo: HBO).
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottDecember 16, 2019
The new show from Damon Lindelof is more than another high concept sci-fi series.
Arts & Culture Film
Jim McDermottDecember 10, 2019
The story of a film that became an inspiration to Jesuits and their companions worldwide.
A firefighter douses water on a house after it was burned by the wind-driven Getty Fire outside Los Angeles Oct. 28, 2019. By Oct. 29, the fire had burned more than 600 acres and was 5% contained, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. (CNS photo/Gene Blevins, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottOctober 30, 2019
The convent lost power and generators were put into place as backup. A fire department captain told local media that the sisters, some of whom were on oxygen, were scared but in good spirits. “We joked with them a little bit.... They are a great bunch of ladies.”
Sister Jean Dwyan laughs with a resident at the St. Louis Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in January 2014. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottOctober 29, 2019
“Up until the last five or 10 years, Mass was offered every day. Then it was hard to get priests [every day]; then it was hard to get priests on the weekend. There were [fewer priests] in the parishes and they were being stretched thin.”
Arts & Culture Film
Jim McDermottOctober 25, 2019
“The Exorcist” exposed people around the world to the question of evil in a new and terrifying way. It also laid the groundwork for a different kind of horror story.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottOctober 11, 2019
A story about a patriarch who keeps humiliating his children.