Diocese of Orange loses bid to buy Crystal Cathedral

Among other things, this means the diocese can continue exploring options to build its own new cathedral.

Details, from the Los Angeles Times:

Chapman University has been picked by the board of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral as the preferred buyer of the Garden Grove property.

Under the plan, Chapman University would purchase the campus for $50 million and allow the church ministry to lease and eventually buy back its core buildings.

Chapman President James L. Doti said he had not spoken to the board about the decision, but believes it is the right one for the ministry, founded by Robert H. Schuller in 1955.

“All the creditors will be paid,” he said. “And the Crystal Cathedral ministries will continue.”

The landmark church, with 10,000 panes of glass, filed for bankruptcy last October, citing more than $50 million in debt. It is a ministry that has been mired in turmoil throughout the last several years, beginning with the resignation of Robert A. Schuller, the founder’s son, as pastor in 2008.

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7 responses to “Diocese of Orange loses bid to buy Crystal Cathedral”

  1. How can any church spending $50 million on a building claim to have anything to do with the Jesus of the New Testament?

  2. I don’t see anything wrong with the Church spending on art, music, and architecture that all can enjoy. Thank goodness other generations. We are still being by their legacy today.

  3. I agree with Elaine– There is a tradition of creating “something beautiful for God” that goes back to the early Church. One can certainly question whether the Crystal Cathedral, with its auditorium-style seating, meets the needs for a Catholic cathedral; but spending money on a church does not seem to me to be excessive.

    That spending is, of course, IN ADDITION TO spending to help the poor and perform other charitable works. But as Jesus said when the apostles criticized the woman who anointed his feet with expensive balm, “The poor you will always have with you.”

    God is worth our best, and the Crystal Cathedral compares favorably with a lot of post-Vatican II churches in my community!

  4. I have been to this glass palace and frankly believe the Diocese would be far better off building a Cathedral that is actually Catholic. We have enough Catholic Churches that have lost their Catholic identity through mindless renovations based on faulty teaching.

    Spending money for the honor and glory of God certainly makes sense. And as Kathy says above, the poor will be with us always. Those who focus on things of this earth and not heaven are not giving God their entire heart, soul, and mind. On entering a Catholic Church, I immediately seek out to find the Tabernacle and our Lord and when it is central to the Church and visible to all, you can be assured you have found a Church that has its priorities right.

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