CHEERS to local Catholics, who are, along with their fellows worldwide, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Vatican II was a reform effort to bring church practices into the modern era.
While not universally popular, at least initially, the Vatican II reforms largely accomplished their purpose. Masses are now celebrated in native languages rather than Latin, which supporters say makes them more understandable to people of faith. The reforms also included a broader role for lay people in the church. Vatican II has also resulted in a stronger dialogue between Catholics and members of other Christian and non-Christian faiths.
The Rev. Kevin Deeley, pastor of St. Michael Parish in North Andover, remembers serving Mass in Latin during high school.
“It’s a significant renewal of the church specifically in bringing lay participation into the life of the church into the liturgy and into the Mass,” Deeley told reporter Yadira Betances. “It really revived the central role of the scripture and appreciation for it because people were not just attending Mass, they were participating in the Mass from singing, reading and helping distribute the Eucharist.”
Congratulations to Catholics as they celebrate this important landmark in the long history of their church.
CHEERS to people helping police get criminals off the streets.
There have been several recent incidents of people helping police find and arrest suspects charged with serious crimes.
In Haverhill, police say a resident who saw a security camera photo in The Eagle-Tribune from a robbery at a pharmacy called them to identify the suspect.
Police arrested Richard Kennedy, 41, and charged him with armed robbery while masked. Police say Kennedy robbed the CVS at Lowell Avenue of a quantity of Vyvanse, an amphetamine-like drug. Police say they recovered the pills in the basement of Kennedy’s home.
In another incident, a relative of an elderly Methuen homeowner helped police capture a burglary suspect. The relative confronted Wilfredo Rivera, 44, as he entered the home. When the relative attempted to call police, Rivera assaulted him, according to Methuen police Lt. Michael Wnek.
A struggle then ensued that spilled out on to the front lawn, where the relative pinned Rivera until police arrived.
Rivera is a suspect in several home burglaries in the west end of the city, police said.
Kudos to these brave and responsible citizens for their help in getting suspected criminals off the streets.
JEERS for the audacity of thieves.
In Lawrence, the owner of a Brook Street property reported that someone had stolen metal security bars meant to keep people from coming through the first-floor windows of the building. The security bars were bolted into the house “and would have taken a long time to remove,” police said in a report on the incident.
One of our website commenters noted that it used to be said that some people would steal anything that wasn’t bolted down.
“I guess that doesn’t apply anymore,” the commenter noted.
It seems likely that the bars were stolen to be sold as scrap metal. This has been a growing problem during these tough economic times as metal prices have soared.
We hope police catch the thieves so that they can spend some time behind bars they won’t be able to steal.