John Carr is the Washington correspondent for America and will offer regular analysis and commentary on key issues and events in the nation’s capital in a re-established Washington Front column.

Politics & Society Washington Front
November 14, 2016
This is the most improbable election since an elderly Jesuit from Argentina was elected pope.
Politics & Society Washington Front
October 19, 2016
We need more faithful Catholics running for office and more outreach to Catholic voters.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In All Things
September 27, 2016
We did not hear much if anything about crucial questions for Catholic voters.
Healy Hall, Georgetown University. (photo by Gtownsfs, Creative Commons)
Washington Front
September 26, 2016
In searching for leadership, I have found it not on the campaign trail but, ironically, one floor away from my office.
(CNS photo/Mark Lyons, EPA)
Washington Front
August 25, 2016
There is nothing traditional about this election.
Washington Front
June 29, 2016
These are difficult days for the consistent ethic of life in American politics.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens to a questions as he speaks at a town hall meeting with millennials April 27 at Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service in Washington (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters).
Washington Front
May 03, 2016
President Obama is working to secure his legacy. Speaker Ryan is trying to offer an alternative to GOP voters.
Washington Front
April 14, 2016
Six months ago Pope Francis told Congress, “You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.” I love politics, but I hate much of what passes for politics today.
Washington Front
April 06, 2016
I love politics, but I hate much of what passes for politics today.
Washington Front
March 09, 2016
This campaign is fueled by frustrations and fears about economic unfairness, global competition, racial injustice, demographic change and acts of terror.