Jim McDermott, America Magazine

Jim McDermott

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jim:

What I learned from saying Mass on Facebook Live for a year (from a La-Z-Boy chair)

We begin each Mass like the disciples, locked in our rooms, isolated and maybe afraid. Then out of nowhere Jesus appears in our midst and brings us together. → Read More

Los Angeles is struggling with vaccine distribution equity. Can the Catholic Church help?

Age-based, “first come, first serve” strategies appear impartial, but statistics indicate that everyone is not the same. → Read More

Covid has brought two parallel worlds to L.A.: one hopeful, one overwhelmed by suffering

It is as though there are two parallel universes co-existing here, one hopeful and “normal for now,” the other overwhelmed by suffering. → Read More

In a year when we couldn’t go anywhere, everything became ‘TV.’ Here is the best of it.

In 2020 the best TV was whatever got you through the night. → Read More

‘The Mandalorian’ reminds us of human fragility in a galaxy far, far away

Hidden amid its meme-ready moments, “The Mandalorian” is quietly investigating the inadequacy of our ideas about each other. → Read More

Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ confronts the dark side of our love of superhero stories

‘The Boys’ gleefully satirizes every aspect of superhero movies by showing how corrupt all-powerful beings would be if they existed in the real world. → Read More

HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’ delivers a Sci-Fi depiction of being Black in America

Placing three Black characters at the center of a new TV series yields fresh, unexpected turns. → Read More

Can we make retreats better? How modern Catholics are reinventing an ancient tradition.

These modern retreat centers are helping people grow closer to God. → Read More

A Good End for ‘The Good Place’: A meditation on the series finale

Watching the finale, my mind wandered through places in my life that have been special to me. → Read More

A Jesuit’s guide to finding God in California

Again and again I have watched Californians find a way beyond the categories they are supposed to occupy. → Read More

What ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ gets right about redemption (and wrong about the Force)

In my experience the separation of priest from everybody else is neither helpful nor based on any kind of truth. → Read More

The Top 10 Pop Culture Events of the Decade

How can it be that the finale of “Lost,” the introduction of the iPad and “Bridesmaids” all happened within the last 10 years? → Read More

In Los Angeles, Archbishop Gomez challenges white nationalism

“We need to help our society to see our common humanity—that we are all children of God, meant to live together as brothers and sisters.” → Read More

Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ explores the monsters within us

The second season of the F.B.I. serial killer show confronts the brutality of human existence. → Read More

Can the church do more to defend undocumented people?

Across the nation, bishops and other church leaders have spoken out against Trump administration asylum, detention and immigration policies. Many dioceses have mobilized to provide services for those under threat. But some Catholics worry the overall church response has been too muted, given the gravity of the crisis. → Read More

‘Good Omens’ review: Angel and demon, best friends forever

The Amazon series is based on the much-beloved fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. → Read More

California bishops release new letter on environment for ‘Laudato Si’’ anniversary

In the four years since Pope Francis released his encyclical “On Care of Our Common Home,” both global and local reporting on the effects of climate change has only gotten more dire. → Read More

How the Jesuits got a for-profit detention center company to report human rights abuses

Jesuits West province requested that GEO, which runs 134 facilities around the world—including 69 detention centers in the United States—“report annually…on how it implements” its human rights policy. → Read More

The final challenge of ‘Game of Thrones’: ‘We need to find a better way’

If almost a decade of watching “Game of Thrones” has taught me anything, it’s that fairy tale endings are for children. → Read More

Men are struggling with their spirituality. Can the Catholic Church help?

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? → Read More