Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottJanuary 05, 2018
The best “Black Mirror” stories ground themselves in a concrete human question or struggle.
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (Lucasfilm via AP)
Arts & Culture Film
Jim McDermottDecember 19, 2017
'The Last Jedi' is a film that strips away 40 years of lacquer to highlight both the inspiration and the challenge at the heart of the “Star Wars” saga.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottDecember 18, 2017
As Pope Francis writes in “Laudato Si’,” we face “one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottDecember 08, 2017
“We were expecting there to be some pain with the sale of @LAWeekly,” wrote editor-in-chief Mara Shalhoup online. “But we weren’t expecting the Red Wedding.”
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottDecember 06, 2017
You know Dasher and Dancer, Rudolph, Prancer and Vixen.... But do you know Noel?
A man holds a sign in support California's new "sanctuary state" law during 2017's annual May 1 march in downtown Los Angeles in support of immigration reform. (Picture: Molly Adams/Flickr) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottNovember 21, 2017
Acting Director of ICE Thomas Homan has threatened that the state will face more ICE community activity as a result of its new sanctuary law.
Asylum seekers protesting the possible closure of their detention center, on Manus Island, Paua New Guinea, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Australia Broadcasting Coroporation via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottNovember 08, 2017
There is little question that what the government is doing is not only illegal but inhumane and unnecessary.
Politics & Society Short Take
Jim McDermottNovember 06, 2017
The real problem is not the offering of prayers in the face of tragedy but the interpretation of what prayer entails.
Politics & Society Features
Jim McDermottNovember 02, 2017
The voters I spoke with were not single-issue voters, and they showed a comfort with, even insistence on, complexity around a range of issues that are part of our national conversation.
A neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. The Diocese of Santa Rosa "has been hit hard" and "is in an ongoing state of uncertainty" because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa. (CNS photo/Jim Urquhart, Reuters)
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottOctober 19, 2017
Upward of 3,000 buildings have been destroyed just in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 people.