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Rev. Healey gets new parish but will remain as State House lobbyist

June 18, 2012

The Rev. Bernard A. Healey, the effective and hard-working lobbyist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, is moving from St. Ambrose Parish in Albion to become pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in East Greenwich in August, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has announced.

Healey will continue in his role as liaison to the General Assembly, where he has been involved is such high-profile issues as marriage equality, abortion rights and immigration. Healey’s lobbying effort was cited by proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage as a crucial linchpin in keeping Rhode Island from joining neighboring states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, in approving full gay marriage rights. (Rhode Island has civil union protections, but not full marriage equality, for gay couples).

Healey has also lobbied vigorously against anti-immigration legislation, including E-Verify standards. The Roman Catholic Church has since the 1800s had a large influence in helping to assimilate new immigrants in Rhode Island.

Healey was ordained in 1995. He hails from Cranston’s Edgewood neighborhood and is the son of the late Judge Edward Healey and his wife, Lillian Healey.




2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joseph Ferreira permalink
    June 19, 2012 12:50 pm

    When will a serious move be made to treat churches which lobby the State House as registered lobbyists, thus forsaking their tax-exempt status? Advocating for social services is within the purview of church functions. Advocating for social conservatism is political. Enough of the charade. Either strip churches of their tax-exempt status or refuse to allow them to lobby on anything not directly related to social services and charitable works.

  2. Mister Guy permalink
    June 22, 2012 2:20 am

    What would Bishop Tobin do if he didn’t get eyeball-deep in politics all the time? Much of The Rhode Island Catholic publication is politics-heavy already.

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