Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy within the Church which is to begin on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016.  In the Bull of

Living the Truth in Love: Thanksgiving is the Heart of Our Nation

We celebrate Thanksgiving this year shortly following the visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the United States.  On the occasion of his visit, he was the first Pope ever to address the Congress of the United States.  This certainly was an historical occasion and one for which we are very

Living the Truth in Love: November - The Spirit of Life and Freedom

The month of November is already upon us.  Many of our winter residents have returned to southern Florida and we offer a warm welcome to them.  With the upcoming celebration of Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays quickly coming, November has a different sense and pace to it.  The month began

Living the Truth in Love: The Gift of Family

As I write this column, the Synod on the Family is underway in Rome.  It officially began on Sunday, October 4, and will conclude on Sunday, October 25, following the publication of this issue of the Florida Catholic.  While we may be reading many things about what is being discussed at the Synod,

Living the Truth in Love: The Visit of Pope Francis

It was a great privilege and joy for me to be in Washington, DC, with Pope Francis for his visit and talk with the bishops of the United States as well as for the Mass which he celebrated at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the canonization of Junipero Serra.  It was a beautiful

Living the Truth in Love: Called by Name (Homily from Deaconate Ordination)

Bishop Barbarito’s Homily - Permanent Diaconate Ordination, Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, September 12, 2015   We are blessed with another class of fine men who will be ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Palm Beach this morning.  John Paul, Normand, José and Raymond have

Living the Truth in Love: On the Dignity of Human Labor

  Labor Day and the days before remind us of the occupations and work in which we are daily involved.  In Florida, young people have already been back to school for a few weeks and those entering college begin a new task and face new challenges ahead of them.  Vacation time and getting away are

Living the Truth in Love: The Slippery Slope of Abortion

The investigative videos regarding Planned Parenthood's involvement in the marketing of human organs and tissue obtained from aborted babies are gravely disturbing and unsettling.  The matter emphasizes the truth of Pope Francis’ assertion that abortion is the product of a "throwaway culture" and

Living the Truth in Love: A Central Intervention

In the readings for Sunday Mass this year, the Gospel of St. John has interrupted the Gospel of St. Mark with a very important insertion.  It is the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. John which centers on Jesus teaching on the Eucharist.  The Sunday cycle of readings is divided into three years,

Living the Truth in Love: Mary Will Always Be With Her Children

Pope Francis has concluded his historic visit to Latin America during the days from July 8 through 12.  The visit was filled with an expression of tremendous faith on the part of the people as well as that of the Pope so well expressed in his spirit filled words.  At the conclusion of his visit in