In a solemn meeting of the Limerick Corporation on Thursday, with the Mayor presiding, a resolution of profound significance was passed unanimously. The resolution, a heartfelt gesture from the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the County Borough Council of Limerick, expressed deep homage on the golden jubilee of the priesthood of Pope Pius X.
The resolution read: “That we, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the County Borough Council of Limerick, on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the priesthood of our most Holy Father, Pope Pius X, with profound homage beg to offer to his Holiness the heartfelt congratulations of the citizens of this ancient Catholic city, and their earnest prayers of his faithful Irish children that God may graciously strengthen and sustain him amongst the grievous trials that press round his exalted throne. We pray that his Holiness may be spared to see again the triumph of the truth, for which he has striven with all the dignity of apostolic simplicity; that his erring children, whose dangerous doctrines his Holiness has condemned in his recent great Encyclical, will hearken dutifully to their Father’s counsel; and that in this year of the golden jubilee of her own sacred shrine of Lourdes, Our Blessed Lady may comfort the heart of the Holy Father by securing, through her, powerful intercession, the restoration of France to her glorious inheritance as Eldest Daughter of the Church. That this resolution be communicated by the Town Clerk to his Lordship the Bishop, the Most Rev. Dr O’Dwyer, to be forwarded by him to his Holiness.”
The resolution reflects not only the deep-rooted Catholic identity of the ancient city of Limerick but also the sincere prayers and wishes of its citizens for the well-being of Pope Pius X during this milestone in his priesthood.
Catholic Times and Catholic Opinion – Friday 13 March 1908