Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
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.
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Arts & Culture Music
Jim McDermottMay 16, 2018
Gambino’s new video for ‘This is America’ is an experience of radical interruption, one that O’Connor would have appreciated.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottMay 02, 2018
“People who suffer from severe and persistent mental illnesses are among the most misunderstood, ignored and unjustly stigmatized members of our society,” the bishops write.
Journalists photograph the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in California in 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottApril 20, 2018
In California, Catholic opponents of the death penalty are trying to protect the largest population of inmates awaiting execution in the Western Hemisphere.