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Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
If almost a decade of watching “Game of Thrones” has taught me anything, it’s that fairy tale endings are for children.
Men pray together at the Man Up Philly Men's Spirituality Conference at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia in March 2014. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com)
FaithFeatures
Jim McDermott
The last year has witnessed the rise of an extraordinary international conversation around gender and power. In this watershed moment, where is the church? And how can it help?

St. Ignatius Church, on the campus of the University of San Francisco (iStock/Bakstad)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
The Jesuit university has achieved carbon neutrality through energy efficiency and also through the financial support of reforestation projects and other green initiatives around the world.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Daenerys Targaryen embodies the element that makes the show so deeply compelling, namely, the quest to throw off the debilitating chains of social convention.
In May 2013, along with the adjacent Men’s Central Jail, the Twin Towers jail ranked as one of the ten worst sites of incarceration in the United States, based on reporting in Mother Jones magazine: “Eyewitnesses, including several prison chaplains, have reported that attacks by deputies at the twin facilities are often unprovoked or brought on by the slightest infractions.”
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
County supervisors approved $2.2 billion in June 2018 to build a replacement with the notable amendment that the new facility would be designed with a focus on mental health and rehabilitation.

Sharon Hogan and Rob Delaney (photo: IMDB)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
The hit Amazon show asks: Can we really just be unapologetically ourselves?
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Anyone watching “Leaving Neverland” should come away with one fundamental question, and for Catholics, it is a familiar one: How did we not see this coming?
FaithDispatches
Jim McDermott
“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.”
FaithExplainer
Jim McDermott
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 & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Like a new Netflix series, the church today seems caught in an endless loop of accusations and revelations.