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

Eucharist begs understanding ‘gift of unitive love’

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

A well-known theologian, Father Hans Urs von Balthasar, said, “We must make every effort to arouse the sense of community within the liturgy … enlarging the scope of prayer, so often, narrow and selfish, to embrace the concerns of the whole Church and, indeed – as in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord: ‘Where two or three are gathered together …’ – that is, where individuals, in profound faith and obedience, desire to be and to realize the Church – there I am in the midst of you.”


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

The season of Advent – A season of prayer

The season of Advent is upon us. During this season we look forward to the coming of Christmas as we recognize Christ’s presence among us through his becoming one of us in his Incarnation. We associate Advent with expectation as we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth. We also associate it with expectation as we hurry back-and-forth shopping, sending greeting cards and preparing for Christmas day. It is likely that some of that activity will be different this year in view of the social limitations placed upon us. Perhaps that will give us an opportunity to reflect more upon the meaning of Advent and help us to understand better the true meaning of the season.


Bishop Dewane

Diocese of Venice

Bishop Dewane offers letter to the faithful

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, my prayer is that the strength of the Holy Spirit will renew and deepen our Faith in Jesus Christ. Particularly, as together we face the difficult challenges that the Coronavirus has brought, I call upon the intercession of Our Blessed Mother for the safety and health of you and your family.


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


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.