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CATHOLIC BOARD, DUBLIN, STATIONI:R8' ITALL, SATURDAY, 311Y 29. TX'r I ()N Right [JOll. fjord rim/ext«wn in the Chair. THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS. At three o'clock precisely, Lord Trimles- town was called to the Chair. His Lordship addressed an unusually crowded audience ill the following terms Gentlemen, I rt;grel 0 have to «p«'» li"s Meeting with words of condolence. On the day had lr,snhe honour 01 presiding «\er J"'1' wlu'n feartindulged the must cheering hopes, 1 would have smiled t with pily had any prophetic voice announced to me the failure of the measures then in con ternplation for lhe happiness of Ireland. My mind anticipated the joy that must pervade this kingdom had a charter of our Emancipa tion been sealed by the Legislature. When I transmitted your last resolution to our tule- iarly genius; lo the immortal patriot that fills every Irish heart with uratitude, I flattered myself that 1 should have lo congratulate yon this day on the favourable decision of the House of Commons on a bill of Freedom, rendered illustrious !'y the name of Grattan. AUs the bright prospect has vanished-the horison is overcast with portentous clouds, and despau weighs me down. But hold I why should we sink under the blow, when there is still so much cause to exp"ct that futurity ke -ps for os a heUer fate in store ? (Hear, hear, heat.) All is i,)St, (;elilfellleil, (Hear, hear.) #>or efforts have been great to ohtiui a fair discussion of our claims. After ni.Hsy years unremitted labour, Mr. Grat tau, second-d by the talents of a Canning, toe uun*a||t> eloquence of a Plunket, has succeeded in proving the principle that the i'usi-nciput ion of t he Cat holies is not incom- itilol c,,i is not iticoin- patible wall the safety of tile Constitution.— (Hear, hear,) The establishment of that tru- ISIllls I.; itself a flea, hpar, hear.) A Bill was prepared b\ a Committee of our friends, whereio ;11) Lord co-ol)e- rated iii a'manner which does credit to his judgment, as well as to his £ reat political abilities. Unfortunately for his Lordship and for us, he had to contend wiih the prejud-ces all.1 dears of the Knglish Ministers. Clauses were devised lu calm their treasonable ap- prehensions, which, alas proved d'ssHisfac lory to every parly (houd cries of hear, hear.) Our venerable Preiates Irembled for the discipline of our Church, and our learned colleagues in this Board viewed with anxiety civil provisions in this act, which, fro.tn their inexplicit nature, excited a well founded alarm. A series of oaths grieved our hearts, as they betrayed a doubt of our long tried loyalty, inculcated into us hy the admonitions and ex- amples of our highly respectable pastors fhisact, so little calculated to conciliate the minds of the Irish people, had been rejected on Monday last by a majority little formidable, when we consider that on our side might be counled such as are pre-eminent in name, ta lenls and property. Excuse me when 1 say, that the Bill has been rejected, Gentlemen. It was not rejected, but Wit hdrawlI by lie wisdornof our fflends -(ihar, hellr.) They have Hied an experiment — let us feel grateful for fheir kind intentions, and let us hope that the interval helween this and the per od when they will ren w their elforts ill Parliament, shall be employed in obtaining the completion of this measure, so essenllal to the strength every and safcly of tile empire, oy coiled IIg every document from spiritual authority as may remove the dread of the Protestants for the safely of their Church, without endangering Ihe safely of out own. (ilear, hear.) 1 cannot believe, Gentlemen, Ihat your feelings are so blunted by long sufferings, as not to operate strongly in your breasts; but let me conjure you not to give way to theiraccuteness. Let us feel our misforlues like men, but bear n like men; and lei us impress our it-iiids willi this, important truth, that firmness and prudence in conduct, and moderation in debate, can, alolle inslIre future success, whilst a eUlllrary mode of action must defeat the zealous en deavours of our many friends in Parliament to emancipate the Catholics of Ireland. (Ap- plause.) Alr O'colinell-I have come to this meet. ing, Gentlemen, to make a communication whichl need scarcely say derives milch more importance from the venerated persons who have Mill il. than from the humble individual who is thc hearer of it. It is from our highly honoured Prelates ;-(tfetii-, hear,)—as the servant, firs!, of the Board, and next, of those revered personages, I will read it, if I have permission. Head, read.) ll is a pas (oral, address, gentlemen, fraught with as much wisdom as piety-remarkable tor talent, .moderation, and meekness. I am not asto- nished that you should feel itiiiiiticiii to kiit), its import; i will forthwith gratify your anx let read i-etid. The learned and respectable gentleman then read audibly the following document, which was repeatedly cheered all through it;— PASTORAL ADDRESS. The Roman Catholic Prelates, (l586mbleÛÙ¡ Dublin, to tile Clergy and Laity of the Roman Catholic Churches in Ireland. REVEREND HROT/ZERS, nELoVED CHILDREN — PEACE BE WITH YOU. Solicitude forthe Spiritual interests of our be- loved Flocks, obliges us once more to suspend the exercise of our other Pastoral Duties, ill or der to deliberate, in common, upon the present posture of our Religious Concerns. VVe hasten to declare to you, the lively feelings of gratitude excited in our breasts by the giaci- ous condescension of the Legislature in taking into its favourable consideration the Disabilities which still affect the Catholic Body. With these feelings deeply and indelibly impressed upon our heart, it is o,ill, lie utmost distress of mind, that we are compelled, by a sensc of duly, to dis- sent (in some points connected with our Eman- cipation) from the opinions of those virtuous and enlightened Statesmen, who have so long and so ably. advOlarcd the cause of Catholic freedom. Probably from a want of sufficient information but unquestionably from the most upright mo- tives, they have proposed to the Legislature the adoption of certain arrangements respecting our Ecclesiastical discipline, and particularly res- pecting-the exercise of Episcopal Inunctions, to which it would be impossible for us to assent, without incurring the guili of Sell is licil as they might, if into effect, invade the spiritual jurisdiction of our Supreme Pastor, and 1 alter an important point of our discipline, for which alteration his concurrence would upon Ca- tholic principles, be indispensably necessary, When the quarter is considered, from whence the Clauses have proceeded, it mighf perhaps lie imagined, were we to continue silent, that they had our unqualified approbation on this account we deem ita duty, which we ONe to you, to our Country, and to God to declare, m the most pub- lic manner, "that they have not, and that ifl their present shape they never can have our con- currence As. however, we have ution all oc- casions inculcated the duty of loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign, the (securing of which is the professed object of the proposed Ecclesiastical Arrangements) so we would be always desirous to give you the most convincing proofs, that we are ready, in the most exemplary- manner, to prac- tice it ourselves. We have sworn to preserve I inviolate the Allegiance, which every subject owes to his Sovereign — we are not accused of having violated our Oaths. Should any other Oaiii, not adverse to our re- ligious principles, he yet devised, which could remove even the unfounded apprehensions of any part of our Countrymen, we .would willingly fake j it. We owe if to our God, to be free from dis- loytity. We owe it to our Countrymen, to en- II deavour, at least, to he free from suspicion. Upon these grounds, Reverend Brothers, Be- loved Children, we announce to you the follow- ing Resolutions, wliich, after invoking rile light and assistance of God, we have unanimously adopted, viz. I I. That, having seriously examined a Copy of the Bill lately brought info Parliament, pur- porting fo provide for the removal of ihe Civil and Military duqualili ations under which his Majesty's'Roman Catholic subjects labour, we feel ourselves hound to declare, that certain Tie- 's clesiastical Clauses or Securities 'herein contain- ed, are utterly incompatible with ?he discipline of the Roman Catholic Church, and with the free exercise of our religion. | 2. That we cannot, wi'houf incurring the heavy exercise of our religion. | 2. That we cannot, wi'houf incurring the heavy I guilr ol Schism, accede to such Regulations nor can we dissemble our dismay and consternation at the consequences which such regulations, if enforced, must necessarily produce, 13. That we would, wiih 'he utmost willing- ness, swear, (should the Legislature require usso to do) Thai we never will concur' in the ap- pointment or Consecration of any Bishop, whom we do not conscientiously believe to l)e unim- peachable loyalty, awl peaceable conduct." And further, that we have not, and that we wiil.hot have any corresp mdence or communication wiih the Chief Pastor of our Church. or with any person authorised to act in his name, forthe our- pose of overthrowing or disturbing the Protes- tant Government, or the Prorestant Church of Great Britain and Ireland, or the Protestant Church of Scottand,as hy law established." itevereii(i Childi-eii,-tlle Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Commu- nion of the Holy Gha he wit h you ",lI- A men. Here follow the signatures of the Prelates.J