Florida Bishops

The pastoral nature of the episcopacy inspires our three bishop publishers to use the Florida Catholic as a forum to shine a light on issues of importance to Catholic faith. Whether reflecting on the different liturgical seasons of the Church, delving into the inspirational lives of the saints, or highlighting the good deeds of the local church, Bishops John Noonan, Gerald M. Barbarito and Frank J. Dewane hope visitors will gain insight from the words offered in their columns.

Bishop Noonan

Diocese of Orlando

‘Humanae Vitae’: God is the Creator of all

How many of us praise God for our being? How many of us acknowledge ourselves as wonderfully made because we are of God? In the United States, we have allowed all types of media to place great emphasis on the human body, not because of its God-given dignity, but as an object of desire or of no value. Our understanding of our bodies and souls as one with God has been fragmented and perhaps we have succumbed to the thought that we are in charge, rather than living as our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

The Birth of John the Baptist

The celebration of the Birth of John the Baptist, June 24, occurs during Religious Freedom Week. This year the celebration falls on Sunday and takes the place of the ordinary Sunday of the year in the liturgical cycle. The Birth of John the Baptist is a solemnity and therefore takes precedence in our celebration. It is fitting that we are able to celebrate this great feast on Sunday during Religious Freedom Week since John the Baptist was a tremendous example of a man who was not afraid to proclaim his faith and to go to his death for it. He truly was a living example of religious freedom and of the reality that Christ is the light of the world who enlightens our lives. John bore witness to the truth without compromise. He was ever faithful to the fullness of freedom, always following the words of Christ, “If you remain in my word, you truly will be my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:31).


Bishop Dwane

Diocese of Venice

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

It is with great joy that we sing Alleluia! Jesus Christ has indeed Risen. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the source of Christian hope. By His action, Christ conquers sin and death and unlocks for the Faithful the path to life eternal.


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


New Briefs from the Florida Catholic Conference

Archbishop Thomas Wenski issued a statement following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which is located in the Archdiocese of Miami. Pope Francis also offered his condolences to all those affected by this devastating attack.