Updated at the bottom: A UCLA professor weighs in on the question and says yes. First posted at 12:18 p.m.
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 Franc ... More >>
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You know those days when your Twitter feed explodes with the energy of billions of opinionated Internet-surfers? That definitely happened today, as the Vatican officially announced the ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, before a crowd of media types and clean-cut Sunset Strip'd hard rockers at the Viper Room, Kiss debuted their new book, Kiss Monster. It is huge -- 3 feet x 2.5 feet, and nearly 50 pounds.
The thing costs $4250.
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer fielde ... More >>
Lauryn Hill is the world's greatest unhinged rapper-turned-singer. As part of the Fugees she came to worldwide fame, and then released a widely-loved solo album. But that was before she proceeded to bicker with her bandmates, give horrible live performances, and embark on a series of decision ... More >>
Oh no he didn't.
Jay Leno is in hot water this week after a quip about Mitt Romney's summer house was accompanied by a photo of the Sikhs' sacred Golden Temple in India, a grand palace indeed.
Romney's real summer home, or at least one of them, is right here in Southern California, and isn't half ... More >>
Twenty Eleven has been a year of occupies. Occupations. Occupitudes. You get the idea.
Sure, the Occupy Wall Street movement has only been around since September, but since then we've been occupying all manner of whatnot like there's no tomorrow (thanks to the Mayans, there actually might not be on ... More >>
Pumpkin Stuffed With Everything Good, from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table, is like a soft, fluffy cheese strata with bacon baked inside a pumpkin. It's one of those meals where you don't engage in a lot of analytical conversation, like, "Wow, the fresh nutmeg in the cream really complement ... More >>
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Song: Beyonce's "Party" featuring J. Cole
History: "Party" is the fourth single from Beyonce's fourth studio album, 4. That's three fours in a row, bro. Three ... More >>
news.vaDon't strain a knuckle there, champ.Was it something about the visit of modern-minded Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, currently in Vatican City for to receive a special wool pallium, that inspired Pope Benedict XVI to warble out his first Tweet, via Twitter for iPad, this afterno ... More >>
A document can make a big difference, as the Birthers are currently proving in all the wrong ways. The Magna Carta -- a document whose Madonna-level status requires you to drop the "the" and refer to it simply as "Magna Carta" -- reframed the relationship between royalty and us re ... More >>
Simpsons' Homer and Bart are said to be Catholics.The be a cartoon character is apparently divine in the Vatican's eyes. The Catholic church's house organ, L'Osservatore Roman, has declared that "Homer J Simpson is a Catholic" in an article titled "Homer and Bart Are Catholics."
To drink on ... More >>
While Mormons have been getting the headlines, the Roman Catholic Church has quietly been a major force in the "Yes on 8" campaign to ban same sex marriage in California. Whether or not Proposition 8 is defeated, it seems inevitable that church officials will face some kind of blow back from gay and ... More >>