Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
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.
An altar is adorned with white balloons at a "Mass for the Peace" Aug. 10, 2019, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, one week after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in nearby El Paso, Texas. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottSeptember 16, 2019
“We need to help our society to see our common humanity—that we are all children of God, meant to live together as brothers and sisters.”
Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and his visionary-but-troubled partner Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) in ‘Mindhunter’ (photo: Netflix).
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottSeptember 06, 2019
The second season of the F.B.I. serial killer show confronts the brutality of human existence.
A procession for immigrant rights on July 13 in the streets surrounding St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Shrine in New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottJuly 26, 2019
Across the nation, bishops and other church leaders have spoken out against Trump administration asylum, detention and immigration policies. Many dioceses have mobilized to provide services for those under threat. But some Catholics worry the overall church response has been too muted, given the
In “Good Omens,” Aziraphale (David Tennant), left, and Crowley (Michael Sheen), right, are the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of salvation history. (Photo: IMDB).
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottJuly 12, 2019
The Amazon series is based on the much-beloved fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottJune 18, 2019
In the four years since Pope Francis released his encyclical “On Care of Our Common Home,” both global and local reporting on the effects of climate change has only gotten more dire.
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?