John Carr Named America’s New Washington Correspondent


America is pleased to announced the naming of John Carr as our new Washington Correspondent. Mr. Carr, whose first column will appear in the March 11 issue, will offer regular analysis and commentary, in print and online, on key issues and events in the nation’s capital. His print column will be called “Washington Front,” a name that will be familiar to America’s long-time readers. “Washington Front” appeared in the magazine for more than 25 years; its various authors included the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Mary McGrory.


John Carr has spent decades at the intersection of faith and public life. For more than twenty years, he served as Director of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Department on Justice, Peace and Human Development, where he assisted the bishops in sharing and applying Catholic social teaching on a broad range of national and international issues.  Carr retired from the U.S.C.C.B. last year to accept a residential fellowship on religion and politics at Harvard University and to develop new ways to encourage greater knowledge and dialogue on Catholic social thought and educate lay men and women for leadership in public life.

We are bringing back the position of “Washington Correspondent” in order to strengthen our analysis of national policy and politics through the lens of Catholic social teaching. John Carr brings a wealth of experience at the front lines. He has a well-earned reputation for his commitment to human life and human dignity and is known for building bridges across ecclesial and political divides. His broad knowledge, experience and relationships will be great assets for Americaas we cover the complicated links between Catholic faith and public choices in 21st century Washington.

According to the Washington Post, “Carr’s career is a road map for how Catholicism and politics have mixed in Washington for a generation” and NPR last week called him “one of the most influential political voices on Capitol Hill from the faith community.” Before his time at the Bishops’ Conference, Carr served as Secretary for Social Concerns for Cardinal Hickey in the Archdiocese Washington and in his home Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. He has also served as director of the White House Conference on Families and the National Committee on Full Employment.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
ed gleason
4 years 10 months ago
Good man, good experience, good pick for America mag
Daniel Misleh
4 years 10 months ago
Yes, this is an excellent choice. One of the wisest and most thoughtful men I know.


Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Pro-life advocates participate in the annual March for Life in Washington January 2017. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Describing abortion as a “key social evil” in the United States, the Jesuits say: “The most fundamental building block of a just social order is respect for human life.”
America StaffJanuary 19, 2018
Men carry a replica of Peru's most revered religious icon, the "Lord of Miracles," during an Oct. 18, 2017 procession in Lima. Each year thousands of Catholics gather to commemorate the image's survival in a 17th-century earthquake that destroyed Lima. (CNS photo/Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Father Ernesto Cavassa was provincial of the Jesuits in Peru from 1998 to 2004, and president of the Conference of Latin American Jesuit Provincials from 2005 to 2012.
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
For over 45 years, Feminists for Life has been committed to ending the practice and legality of abortion and promoting the feminism of Susan B. Anthony.
Serrin M. FosterJanuary 18, 2018
A President Donald Trump supporter is see seen at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 27. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
During their tenure in office, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush all addressed the march via telephone or a radio hookup from the Oval Office.
Catholic News ServiceJanuary 18, 2018