Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottMarch 01, 2019
“We respect him and his office,” she told America. “But right now the issue of clergy sexual abuse is so much in the news, and the issue of covering up.” Cardinal Mahony, she said, is a “symbol of this.”
Faith Explainer
Jim McDermottFebruary 28, 2019
There are elements in the trial of Cardinal Pell that do not easily translate to a U.S. context, including a media blackout and the cardinal’s long history with the issues of sexual abuse and cover-up.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottFebruary 20, 2019
Like a new Netflix series, the church today seems caught in an endless loop of accusations and revelations.
Arts & Culture Art
Jim McDermottFebruary 07, 2019
The idea of mounting an exhibition that takes on the crisis of abuse seems both essential for the Catholic community right now and near impossible to render palatable.. Trina McKillen's "Confess" is now on view at L.M.U.’s Laband Art Gallery.
Arts & Culture Ideas
Jim McDermottFebruary 01, 2019
Hopepunk insists there are streams of life-giving water all around us—stories, people and experiences to which we can still turn for inspiration and renewal.
Michael Osborne, a film director, documents the damage from a mud slide next to his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, after three days of heavy rain. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottJanuary 23, 2019
The conceit of California-as-disaster-movie is ridiculous. But maybe watching our fires and mudslides helps other states consider both their own fragility and their underlying strength.
A Honduran man carries his 3-year-old son as his daughter and other son follow to a transport vehicle after being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in San Luis, Ariz., on July 18. Federal judges in California have challenged more of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottDecember 21, 2018
Though they certainly knew what it was like to find their lives in danger, the Holy Family would find many of the trials undocumented migrants and refugees are asked to endure today incomprehensible.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottDecember 18, 2018
The very best television is like an Ignatian contemplation: It tells stories that offer us some kind of gift—an insight or encouragement for our lives.
The ruins of São Miguel das Missões, a 17th-century Jesuit mission in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, now preserved as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. (iStock/Thiago Santos)
Politics & Society Short Take
Jim McDermottDecember 11, 2018
A new study finds higher literacy rates and income levels in the areas around former Jesuit missions in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
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Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottNovember 26, 2018
How do you create an open, nonjudgmental opportunity for conversation about sexual activity in the context of the Catholic faith?