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Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
At some point you begin to wonder whether there is anyone in leadership who we can count on for decency, or whether every single one is just one whistleblower away from being outed as another Cuomo.
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
Facebook’s new prayer feature seems much more likely to invite us to turn further inward into that social media hellscape of narcissism and self-promotion. Pray for us, indeed.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, in eastern London, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day on March 6, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP, File)
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
Forty minutes of mentoring is only a start, but Meghan Markle and Melissa McCarthy’s initiative for women is a well-timed opportunity to show compassion.
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FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Summer is a good season to take stock of how our dependence on technology can change us. Here are seven steps for seeing your smartphone more clearly.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Even as I still would like to make everyone get vaccinated right this second, I also find myself praying for those still hesitant.
The author offering Mass in his room on Facebook 
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
We begin each Mass like the disciples, locked in our rooms, isolated and maybe afraid. Then out of nowhere Jesus appears in our midst and brings us together.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, and Gov. Gavin Newsom tour the mass Covid-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Jan. 15. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
Age-based, “first come, first serve” strategies appear impartial, but statistics indicate that everyone is not the same.
Registered nurse Nikki Hollinger cleans up a room as a body of a COVID-19 victim lies in a body bag labeled with stickers at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 400,000 in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
It is as though there are two parallel universes co-existing here, one hopeful and “normal for now,” the other overwhelmed by suffering.
Clockwise: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” John Krasinski’s “Some Good News,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “Tiger King” (photos: Netlfix, Youtube)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
In 2020 the best TV was whatever got you through the night.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Hidden amid its meme-ready moments, “The Mandalorian” is quietly investigating the inadequacy of our ideas about each other.