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

Our Catholic Appeal: Your witness of faith makes God’s law visible

Thank you for your extraordinary response to my special appeal each year. I ask you to continue to prosper God’s law through an offering for Our Catholic Appeal, for our ministries, our people, our future. When your gift is truly based on love, the amount, no matter the size, will yield blessing for all the people. May our eyes be open as we consider the wonders of God’s law.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

Amoris Laetitia: A valentine’s gift that displays a big heart

Shortly after Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the feast of the Chair of Peter Feb. 22. This is the day in which we celebrate the role of the Pope as the Shepherd of the entire Church. He unites us as a family of Jesus Christ in the Church where love is the center of life both here and in eternity. We thank our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the Valentine gift of Amoris Laetitia as we continue to reflect upon its message and live the joy of love.


Bishop Dwane

Diocese of Venice

Hope fostered at March for Life

While attending the March for Life with hundreds of teens from his diocese, Bishop Frank Dewane said he was inspired to see the enthusiasm of the youth and is confident that the pro-life movement is strong within the younger generation.
“The young people know a large portion of their generation has been lost to abortion. This must end.”


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


Abortion regulations struck down by U.S. Supreme Court distinct from Florida law

Tallahassee (June 27, 2016) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, has overturned a Texas law that aims to protect the health and safety of women who undergo abortion.

Today’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt struck down requirements for abortion providers in Texas on grounds that are treated distinctly in Florida law.