Loyola Marymount University is more than just a quality private school perched on the bluffs above Playa Vista. It's a Catholic institution, known for opening its doors to a diverse student population and a curriculum that explores worlds far outside the Bible. It even has a master's program for "yoga studies."
But one issue could bring LMU back to its religious roots and, some say, roll back progress on the Westchester campus:
Perhaps in a nod to its Spanish speaking majority, the Catholic Church today announced that Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is its new pope.
He will apparently go by the name of Pope Francis I.
So is this guy the church's first Latino pope?
Documents released by the church as part of a 2007 global settlement over abuse allegations indicate that Mahony went along with a plan to transfer accused priests out of state to keep them away from authorities:
Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez stated tonight that retired Cardinal and Archbishop Emeritus Roger Mahony would "no longer have any administrative or public duties" for the 4-million-parishioner L.A. Archdiocese.
The announcement came as Gomez unveiled its files related to clergy sexual abuse:
"We aren't police, prosecutors or even lawyers," says David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), in a press statement today. "But for 25 years, we've seen, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., 'the long arc of history bend toward justice.' We've seen secular authorities become increasingly assertive and creative and successful in pursuing sophisticated criminals."
Founded in 1988, SNAP is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims and has more than 12,000 members.
But the Coptic Orthodox Church of Los Angeles will join hands with the Muslim Public Affairs Council today to denounce the almost-silly Innocence of Muslims, which depicts the Prophet Mohammad as a child molester and woman beater.
Here's the deal:
Father Jose Luis Cuevas, 67, the longtime head priest at St. Athanasius Church, is being charged with "nine counts of sexual assault" for years of allegedly molesting female congregants, including a 17-year-old girl, say Long Beach police.
His arrest and removal from the ministry have been quite dramatic:
Awesomely, the department has a "house of worship task force," and they're on the scene this morning to investigate the origins of the blaze, an LAFD spokesman tells Patch. (As is "the standard response for any fire at a religious site.") It began at about 1 a.m. and was extinguished a half-hour later.
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If you're not burned out after raging on Saturday night, the Sinai Temple in Holmby Hills is where the after-party is. The world-record-breaking after-party, that is.
You read right: The folks at Sinai are set to attempt an official, Guinness-sanctioned record-breaking attempt at ...