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.
God is ever present
My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Jesus is born to us, Emmanuel, God with us. His earthly life is lived in complete fidelity to what God has promised and asked of His Son. He reminded His disciples and still us today, He is with us always. The Old and the New Testament are the unfolding Covenant of God among us. This is the hope we discover within the journey of God’s pursuit of us—hope pouring out for all the people. Hope seeds the earth.
We do not have a solitary God
The Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate Trinity Sunday. The celebration of the Solemnity is a reminder of what the concluded celebration of Easter is all about. God is intimately part of our lives and reveals Himself and relates to us as He truly is – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is a communion of love for all eternity and when He created us in His image and likeness, He did so that we could be like Him living in a communion of love with Him and with each other. This is at the core of the meaning of life and what truly gives us joy.
Jesus revealed to us in a new way
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is risen! Alleluia! These joyful words may seem oddly placed for many as the world seems to be held by the pandemic in a more lenten period of sacrifice, trial and difficulty. People throughout the Diocese, the country, and the entire world are going through tremendous hardships. Families struggle with finances. Others are challenged with health concerns from the ongoing pandemic. And the spiritual needs of the faithful, through the Sacraments, has only recently been made available. Amidst all this adversity, we do not forget that Christ has risen! He has overcome the world! He is victorious! Christ sends us the promise of Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, during the upcoming Pentecost Sunday.
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Florida bishops praise passage of legislation requiring parental consent prior to a minor’s abortion
The bishops of Florida commend our state legislature for passing, with bipartisan support, legislation that ensures a parent provides consent before a minor can terminate her pregnancy.Parental consent is required prior to a minor’s medical treatment in most every instance, this includes simple medical interventions such as taking an aspirin or getting one’s ears pierced. This legislation is a common-sense measure that holds abortion to the same consent requirements as most every other medical decision involving a child.