In an era in which the pro-life and peace-and-justice wings of the church often seem to be on different planets, Carr has always been firmly in both camps. At a time when many Catholics seem determined to cram the square peg of partisan allegiance into the round hole of Catholic identity, insisting that a good Catholic must align either with the Republicans or the Democrats, Carr has always insisted that someone who takes the full range of Catholic social teaching seriously is destined to wind up "politically homeless."
Carr returned to that point in his retirement letter. Here's what he wrote:
from John Allen's Red, White, and Blue roundup
*Having been recently criticised by a friend for wanting to have it both ways (I am for nationalized health care, but opposed to the HHS mandate), I can relate to this sentiment.