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Jim McDermott

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jim:

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

How the University of San Francisco became the first Jesuit university to go carbon neutral

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. → Read More

On ‘Game of Thrones,’ Jesus Christ is a girl on a dragon

Daenerys Targaryen’s embodies the element that makes the show so deeply compelling, namely, the quest to throw off the debilitating chains of social convention. → Read More

LA County Jail begins a mental health renovation

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. → Read More

‘Catastrophe’ looks at humanity in all its messiness

The hit Amazon show asks: Can we really just be unapologetically ourselves? → Read More

Why HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” is difficult—and necessary—to watch

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? → Read More

Cardinal Mahony pressured to withdraw from L.A. Congress over handling of sex abuse crisis

“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.” → Read More

Explainer: The context and history of the Cardinal Pell verdict

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. → Read More

The unfortunate similarities between ‘Russian Doll’ and today’s Catholic Church

Like a new Netflix series, the church today seems caught in an endless loop of accusations and revelations. → Read More