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Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
While the church teaches that baptism is indeed necessary for salvation, God does not need us to complete a ritual in order to care for our children.
A fancy lobster dinner with lemon on the side.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Do we actually believe in the idea of having fish on Fridays as a form of self-mortification or solidarity with those who have less? Or do we look at it more like paying our taxes — giving up the least possible amount?
FaithLent Reflections
Jim McDermott
Lent is about daring to peek outside that castle, trying to be more vulnerable and exposed.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that eight sets of nominees will be cut from the Oscars telecast this year. Their decision is all too familiar to me as a Catholic.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
TV shows rarely get it right when depicting priests or men and women religious—but "The Sister Boniface Mysteries" offers a welcome look at a believable and positively portrayed woman in religious life.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
“The Book of Boba Fett” explored some classic “Star Wars” themes, including idealism and the importance of family, but ultimately veered away from getting too deeply into them.
Arts & CultureFilm
Jim McDermott
At a time when our world contends with so many difficult issues, to see Hollywood imagining young people as our saviors raises serious questions.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Super Bowl Sunday is an opportunity like no other to get your message out there. So why doesn’t the Catholic Church ever use it?
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Last week, after over 50 years of this experience, I was finally given a word that captures what I feel when I see any of the many Laughing Jesus paintings: Cringe.
Cast members of “All Creatures Great and Small”: Siegfreid Farnon (Samuel West), James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) & Tristan Farnon (Callum Woodhouse). Backrow: Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) & Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) (PBS Masterpiece)
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
I wonder at the rage we seem to have at the ready when it comes to our favorite pieces of pop culture.