The Church in the Public Square

There are universal truths that are recognized by all people of good will and that are shared across all faiths and cultures. The most basic truth is the dignity of the human person. This truth is of such fundamental importance that it touches almost every aspect of public policy, from laws against murder and racial discrimination, to the right to food and shelter, to access to education and health care. The Church has a legal right and a moral obligation to defend these truths throughout our culture, including in the public policy arena.

Who We Are and What We Do

The Rhode Island Catholic Conference serves as the advocate for the Church’s public policy positions before the Rhode Island General Assembly and other civic officials. It represents the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and the hundreds of thousands of Catholics who call Rhode Island home.  The effort is staffed by the Diocesan Governmental Liaison, Rev. Bernard Healey under the direction of The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence.

How to Help

Become an informed and involved citizen and help bring Gospel values to the public square by becoming a Faithful Citizen, which will give you a voice in the legislative process through direct, easy e-mail contact with your state and federal lawmakers.