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Voices
Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
Arts & CultureFilm
Jim McDermott
In the end, what undermines “Don’t Look Up” is exactly what it condemns: a lack of humanity.
FaithInterviews
Jim McDermott
“My hope for L.G.B.T. Catholics is that they all feel welcome and comfortable in any parish in the world,” Sister Gramick says. “That they might feel just as much a part of the church as anyone else.”
FaithNews
Jim McDermott
In a handwritten letter, Pope Francis congratulated Sister Gramick on “50 years of closeness, of compassion and of tenderness” in a ministry that he described as being in “the style of God.”
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
We don’t expect to see a Muppet so completely lose it. But today of all days, Elmo reminds us that it is totally appropriate to call out what is only pretend and say, “No, that’s not right.”
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Assassins” and “The Lehman Trilogy” offer challenging explorations into the idea of being an American (photos by Julieta Cervantes and Mark Douet).
Arts & CultureTheater
Jim McDermott
Seeing these shows, I was reminded of Dickens’s famous ghosts, warning us about where we have been, where we are and where, if we’re not careful, we may be headed.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Worst. Christmas. Ever.
FaithMusic
Jim McDermott
Christmas is a season of blessing. So do not put away the carols (or the lights) until you have to.
Arts & CultureMusic
Jim McDermott
“Silent Night” is a song that seems to inspire the imagination in so many ways.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Our return to an in-person celebration of the birth of Jesus is also an opportunity to think about how we have done Christmas in the past—and perhaps even make some adjustments.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
President Joe Biden installed a new touch of his own to the White House: a framed copy of a “Hagar the Horrible” cartoon. In it, Hagar yells to the sky, “Why me?” to which God replies, “Why not?”