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October 16, 2012

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

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.

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