Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottSeptember 17, 2018
When “American Vandal” debuted on Netflix last year, it seemed to be positioning itself as the raucous send-up of the true crime genre. In Season Two, there is a much sharper edge to this new premise.
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, president of the Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, speaks at a news conference officially launching the center in February 2015. Also pictured is Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, head of the Pontifical Commission for Child Protection. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottSeptember 17, 2018
Hans Zollner, S.J., a member on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, shares his hopes for the church as a crisis that never ceases to shock and sorrow continues.
Pope Francis delivers his Christmas greeting to the Roman Curia in Clementine Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 22, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Short Take
Jim McDermottAugust 29, 2018
Francis made a leadership correction while in Argentina; he can still bring the church to a space of humility and wisdom in response to the sexual abuse crisis.
Former-Cardinal McCarrick in January. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) 
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottAugust 07, 2018
“I get far more emails and phone calls about things like immigration, issues that are more politically controversial.”
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottAugust 02, 2018
Rather than provoking derision, these shows inspire a sense of empathy, a broadening of horizons.
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Arts & Culture Ideas
Jim McDermottJuly 24, 2018
A good newsletter is like a message in a bottle, a voice that cuts through the noise.
Politics & Society Short Take
Jim McDermottJuly 03, 2018
Do we see ourselves as having an obligation to our neighbor or not?
Father Pat Murphy, director of the Scalabrini-run Casa del Migrante shelter, washes his hands during a symbolic washing of feet for migrants on Holy Thursday April 13, 2017, in Tijuana, Mexico.(CNS photo/David Maung)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottJune 19, 2018
“About 40 percent of the people who come here speak English better than Spanish,” Father Murphy says. “They’re all Mexicans, but they got deported after being in the states 30, 40 years. Sometimes they’ll come up and ask, ‘Do you speak English?’”
In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Roseanne Barr arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Roseanne" on Friday in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottMay 30, 2018
ABC faced a decision: invest in stories that speak to our best selves, or make a big splash with a show that draws out our worst instincts.
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottMay 24, 2018
Among both listeners and staff, one can find those who were born and raised in the United States or moved here at a young age and those who are new to the country; those who have papers and those who do not or whose parents do not.