Bishop Barbarito's Statements


Statement in Response to the Redefinition of Marriage in Florida

  The Catholic Bishops of Florida have issued a statement addressing the redefinition of marriage in Florida to accommodate couples of the same sex.   The full statement follows:   Tomorrow, with the expiration of a stay on a U.S. District Court ruling, marriage licenses for same

Living the Truth in Love: Wake Up the World

Advent is a season of rejoicing in the state of watchfulness which anticipates the coming of the Lord among us.  How fitting it is that the First Sunday of Advent begins a Year of Consecrated Life within the Church invoked by Pope Francis.  The year will conclude on February 2, 2016, the Feast of

Living the Truth in Love: Thanksgiving – A Regular Thing

There is a very humorous cartoon of a Pilgrim husband and wife speaking to each other as they walk away by themselves from the first Thanksgiving feast.  The wife says to her husband, "That was nice, but I wouldn’t want to make it a regular thing!"  Well, the Thanksgiving feast in our nation, from

Governor Scott Urged to Commute Sentence of Chadwick Banks to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole; Prayer Services Held Statewide

  The Florida Catholic Conference urges Governor Scott to commute the sentence of Chadwick Banks, who is scheduled for execution on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Banks deserves severe punishment for the brutal acts of violence he inflicted upon his victims, Sandra Banks and

Living the Truth in Love: God is Not Afraid of New Things

At the Mass for the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at which Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, Pope Francis spoke some extraordinary words about conquering fear in our lives by recognizing what causes that fear.  He stressed that God is the center of our lives and

Living the Truth in Love: Thirty Years and Looking Forward

October 24th is a very significant and joyful day for the Diocese of Palm Beach.  It is the Thirtieth Anniversary of the establishment of this vibrant and still growing Diocese by St. Pope John Paul II.  Thirty years ago, with the Diocese of Venice to our west, we came into existence with our

Vote with an Informed Conscience - A Message from the Florida Bishops about Voting in November

  Vote with an Informed Conscience - General Election, November 4, 2014   “We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes to help build a better world.” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political

Living the Truth in Love: Masterpieces of God’s Creation

October is a month that has a different meaning in Florida that it does in many other parts of our country and especially the Northeast.  As the season of autumn quickly comes upon us, we do not experience the changes that takes place in nature such as much cooler days setting in or the

Bishop Barbarito's Statement & Letter designating October as Council of Catholic Women Month in the Diocese of Palm Beach

  Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:   Recently our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has made the sacramental life of the family a focus of his catecheses and ministry.  During the month of September Pope Francis celebrated the weddings of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica and also

Bishop Barbarito's Statement & Letter on Respect Life Sunday

  Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:   A significant occasion in the life of the Church begins this Sunday, October 5, as the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, convoked by Pope Francis, begins in Rome.  This Sunday is also significant as it is Respect Life Sunday, called for by the