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.

Faith Faith in Focus
John CarrSeptember 25, 2018
What I've learned from more than 50 years in service of the church.
Politics & Society Short Take
John CarrJuly 10, 2017
I hope and believe their answer is no. However, the health and budget proposals before Congress will do just that.
Politics & Society Washington Front
John CarrNovember 14, 2016
This is the most improbable election since an elderly Jesuit from Argentina was elected pope.
Politics & Society Washington Front
John CarrOctober 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
John CarrSeptember 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
John CarrSeptember 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
John CarrAugust 25, 2016
There is nothing traditional about this election.
Washington Front
John CarrJune 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
John CarrMay 03, 2016
President Obama is working to secure his legacy. Speaker Ryan is trying to offer an alternative to GOP voters.
Washington Front
John CarrApril 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.