John Carr

John Carr is the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. He is a former columnist for America. He served for more than two decades as director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Eight Lessons to Help Us Move Forward from the Sex Abuse Crisis

by John Carr 09-26-2018
Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

For me, clerical sexual abuse is personal, professional, and institutional. It has haunted my service of the church for more than five decades, involving the abuse of people, power, and trust and a clerical culture that enabled it and covered it up. My experiences have taught me several lessons that I believe will be helpful as the church moves forward.

Taking Health Care from the Sick and Hungry

by John Carr 07-12-2017

Health care activists with Planned Parenthood and the Center for American Progress protest in opposition to the Senate Republican healthcare bill on Capitol Hill, June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

As Congress returns and as leaders of the Senate and House continue their desperate search for ways to pass their health and budget proposals, I have one simple question for those whose votes will decide these matters: Is this really why you came to Washington, to take health care from the sick and food from the hungry?

Cardinal Virtues

by John Carr 07-01-1998
Bernardin's journey of faith.