Jim McDermott, S.J., studied literature at Marquette and Harvard University and Old Testament and Liturgy at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. A former teacher at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Associate Editor at America, Father McDermott recently
A neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. The Diocese of Santa Rosa "has been hit hard" and "is in an ongoing state of uncertainty" because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa. (CNS photo/Jim Urquhart, Reuters)
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottOctober 19, 2017
Upward of 3,000 buildings have been destroyed just in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 people.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottOctober 11, 2017
The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is a warning that Hollywood cannot try to minimize or downplay the actions of Harvey Weinstein.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottOctober 06, 2017
“Celebrating Columbus Day does not honor their story and their struggle and their history; it insults it.”
A cyclist passes the row of tents and tarps along the Santa Ana riverbed near Angel Stadium on Sept. 14 in Anaheim, Calif. Amid an uproar from residents, the city of Anaheim declared an emergency in an attempt to cope with a ballooning homeless encampment along a popular riverbed trail and speed the addition of shelter beds. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottSeptember 18, 2017
It is not only Anaheim, but Southern California as a whole that finds itself in the midst of a homelessness emergency.
Students at Our Lady of Loretto school in Los Angeles during an “Aid for Ecuador” April 21, 2016 event organized by the Los Angeles Missionary Childhood Association. Photography by Victor Alemán
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottSeptember 13, 2017
“Our vision is growth. We’re the largest archdiocese in the country, largest Catholic school system in the country, and we still feel like we’re underserving our population."
Politics & Society
Jim McDermottAugust 30, 2017
The thing you hear again and again about Diana is that like Pope Francis, she “saw” the people around her.
Arts & Culture Television
Jim McDermottAugust 28, 2017
Climate change is the real battle before us, a battle quite possibly against extinction. It sounds ridiculously fantastic to put it like that; if only we had dragons and a Night King to help us believe.
Two people comfort Joseph Culver of Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respects for a friend injured in a car attack on counter-protesters rallying against white nationalists. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottAugust 16, 2017
How do you continue to “bear witness” when every three or four days there is another crisis?
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jim McDermottAugust 07, 2017
One option for promoting just business practices is divestment, but investing to gain a seat at the corporate table is also an important advocacy strategy.
Arts & Culture Culture
Jim McDermottJuly 13, 2017
Last month, Disney announced that it would remove the "wench auction" from its popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Some fans were not happy.