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

I pray for you as you are suffering

At the end of August, I returned from Ireland. While there I was blessed to concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families. I am of Irish descent, born and raised for most of my life in Limerick. As I was growing up, the Catholic Church and Ireland seemed to be one. But, with the knowledge of sexual misconduct within the Church, this Catholicity was challenged and changed. So, as I processed into the Mass Sunday, Aug. 26, I was overwhelmed by the one-half million faithful who participated in this celebration. The media may never acknowledge this extraordinary number of faithful, but it struck me that those in attendance exceeded the number of registered Catholics in our Diocese of Orlando. I was humbled by the Holy Spirit filling the space of the earth, despite all the “bad news” spurred through the Irish media during the time I visited.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

The deacon — the conscience of the Church

This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate here in the United States, as a result of the Second Vatican Council. This certainly is an occasion truly to celebrate. That was carried out at the recent Diaconate Congress held in New Orleans July 22-26. Present for that celebration was Pope Francis’ representative in the United States, the papal nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. In his remarks at the end of the opening Mass for the Congress, Archbishop Pierre rightly praised the permanent deacons for their humble service of charity, proclaiming the word and leading the faith community in prayer.


Bishop Dwane

Diocese of Venice

Statement from Bishop Frank J. Dewane on Pa. Grand Jury Report

As your Bishop, I understand the grave moral responsibility with which I have been entrusted and that it is my duty to protect the faithful from harm. Recent revelations of profound evil cause me deep distress. The sexual abuse inflicted on so many sons and daughters of the Church is sinful and criminal. Some Church Hierarchy failed to do as they were obligated to do. While we are all sinners, the heinous history of abuse and coverup, such as that detailed by the Grand Jury in Pennsylvania, is utterly appalling and deeply disturbing.


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project

When it comes to marking our ballots, reconciling politics with the values of the Gospel and the tenets of our Catholic faith can be difficult. If we take the time to become familiar with the candidates’ positions on key issues, we are better prepared to address this challenge.