Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
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?
Politics & Society News Analysis
Jim McDermottNovember 20, 2018
A disaster like this creates so many brutal little ironies.
Arts & Culture Ideas
Jim McDermottNovember 13, 2018
As wild and wonderful as Marvel Comics characters’ superpowers might be, their back stories are always grounded in reality.
Kerry Bishé in ‘The Romanoffs’ (Jan Thijs/Amazon Studios via AP)
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottOctober 25, 2018
The fact is I can’t help but think of Weiner and his relationship with women as I’m watching his new series for Amazon.
Arts & Culture Film
Jim McDermottOctober 03, 2018
On the eve of Romero’s canonization, the film’s actors and writers look back at the seminal biopic
Faith Interviews
Jim McDermottSeptember 19, 2018
Australia’s Bishop Long Van Nguyen on how the church can heal during the sexual abuse crisis.
Swiss Guards salute as Cardinals Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston leave a meeting of cardinals with Pope Francis in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Interviews
Jim McDermottSeptember 18, 2018
“The church has lost credibility in investigating itself.”
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.