Bishop Barbarito's Newspaper Columns


Living the Truth in Love: A Beautiful Life

  On December 8, we celebrate the patronal feast of our country, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast is a most important one for us as it points to the prominent role that Mary has in our lives of faith.  Last year on the Solemnity of the Immaculate

Living the Truth in Love: The Apostolate of the Ear

  The season of Advent is upon us. Advent affords us the opportunity to prepare ourselves to celebrate the Birth of Christ at Christmas. It brings to us time to listen to the Lord as He speaks to us each and every day in our lives. There is a certain quietness that is appropriate for the Advent

Living the Truth in Love: A Month of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

  We are already into the month of November. While we do not have the changing of foliage nor the cooler days in our weather, we know that November is here as the daylight hours continue to become shorter. Even though many had anticipated that we would remain on daylight savings time, approval by

Living the Truth in Love: The Hamlet Pope

  On October 14, Pope Francis canonized one of the great Churchmen of the 20th Century - Pope Paul VI. This is the third pope that Francis has declared a saint. St. Pope Paul VI was an extraordinary shepherd of the Church during the years 1963 through 1987, in what were extremely turbulent times

Living the Truth in Love: Prayer Listens to the Truth

  Recently, Pope Francis has been emphasizing the importance of prayer and silence during his homilies at morning Masses and in his public addresses. He has stressed that in the face of controversy and division, silence and prayer are an appropriate response. Such a response is the manner in

Diocese of Palm Beach Welcomes State Inquiry

The Diocese of Palm Beach will fully engage with the Florida Attorney General in an inquiry pertaining to the protection of young people. We are very pleased that Florida is initiating an effort which pertains not only to the Church but to all organizations and institutions. In fact, the Diocese

Living the Truth in Love: Every Life - Cherished, Chosen, Sent

  Each year the month of October is used to inaugurate the Respect Life Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is designated as Respect Life Month. Since we are already in the fall season, even in southern Florida we are reminded of the seasons of nature which reflect the

Living the Truth in Love: The Deacon - The Conscience of the Church

  This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate here in the United States, as a result of the Second Vatican Council. This certainly is an occasion truly to celebrate. That was carried out at the recent Diaconate Congress held in New Orleans from

Living the Truth in Love: The Pope of Surprises – Start, Stop, Continue

  From the very beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has frequently spoken of God as the "God of surprises." In his words on Easter Sunday this year, he referred to God's intervention in history, which culminated in the Resurrection of Christ, as all acts of the "God of surprises." Most

Statement of the Bishop regarding the report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury

  Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord, Most recently we have again been shocked, distressed and disheartened about the matter of clerical sexual abuse of minors. The situation which led to the resignation of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the growing revelations of sexual abuse in other