Vatican laws have changed to toughen sexual abuse punishment for perpetrators . . . Oh, and, by the way, no women can ever enter the priesthood.

The photo is of the Seven Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, nuns who survived 13 desert days travelling from San Diego to Tucson in a covered wagon in May of 1880. The women, hired to teach at Archbishop Jean-Baptist Salpoint's school, soon opened schools of their own, as well as St. Mary's Hospital, the first hospital in Arizona. That facility, along with others belonging to the Carondelet Sisters, was recently sold.

On June 1, 2021, the Vatican announced punishments directed at priests and clergy regarding the protection of children from sexual abuse: Pope Francis has changed the Roman Catholic Church laws to explicitly criminalise sexual abuse of children with penalties described at all levels of complicity. . It’s the biggest overhaul of the criminal code for …

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Anything NORML about Arizona Marijuana Laws?

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Arizona can no longer ask Mikel Weisser that question, representing a tremendous loss for the state. Weisser died of a heart attack May 13 at age 61. Statewide Director, Arizona NORML, Weisser introduced his topic, Cannabis Legalization & Decriminalization in the State of Arizona, with humor and facts last December 8 at the Tucson Plant …

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A Poem and a Problem

Arizona is fourth in the nation in prison population, only beaten by Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. 2010 research found 1 in 13 Arizonans have a current or prior felony conviction, limiting their ability to find jobs, support family, and become productive, tax-paying citizens. Spending for the Department of Corrections, which oversees the state’s prison system, …

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Atomic Cake: The Story of American Atomics

Recently a 40th anniversary event at Himmel Library recognized an ecological disruption uncovered in 1979 that subjected a downtown neighborhood and many residents of Tucson to four years of a steady diet of low-level radioactivity. Local activist Ted Warmbrand, who led protests then, organized the recent gathering. The article below, published in 1979 in Rocky …

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Melanie DeMore Leads Community Sing in Tucson

Photograph (head shot) of Melanie DeMore

“A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.” — Melanie DeMore Melanie DeMore, emissary of tolerance, kindness, and harmony, will lead a Community Sing at Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 W 23rd Street, 7 pm, Saturday, April 13, 2019. What is a Community Sing? Foremost, it is a fine …

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