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 is the source of forgiveness

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

On Aug. 26, during his catechesis for the general audience, Pope Francis said, “In the face of the pandemic and its social consequences, many risk losing hope. In this time of uncertainty and anguish, I invite everyone to welcome the gift of hope that comes from Christ. It is He who helps us navigate the tumultuous waters of sickness, death and injustice, which do not have the last word over our final destination.” If it is true that no one can save him/herself on his/her own, then our need, our longing for hope must give way to prayer.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

A call by name

Like so many other recent events, the celebration of our diaconate ordination this morning is different than usual due to the limitations imposed by safety measures for the coronavirus. Our attendance is limited but, the Church is fully present with us as we celebrate this happy day for the life of the Diocese of Palm Beach. My brother, Michael, as you are ordained today, perhaps the limitations remind us of a significant aspect of the Order of Deacon which is to be a servant and one who identifies with the people he serves who are often bound by limitations. We certainly all can embrace each other at this time in the limitations imposed upon us but also rise above them through the reality of Jesus Christ who is present among us. Christ continues to minister to us in a special way through His ordained ministers. Michael, today you become a member of a wonderful and faith filled college of deacons in the Diocese of Palm Beach to whom I am most grateful.


Bishop Dewane

Diocese of Venice

Bishop expresses ‘ongoing concern’ for faithful

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

During the month of September, as Holy Mother Church devotionally commemorates Our Lady of Sorrows, allow me to express my ongoing concern for the wellbeing of the Faithful of the Diocese of Venice. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may you and your family be uplifted in hope as together we face the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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.