Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
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.
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