Get a load of these intriguing details, courtesy Kathy Schiffer at Seasons of Grace:
According to Tim Busch, one member of the Crystal Cathedral’s board told him as the court proceedings drew to an end, “I like the way you guys have handled this, and I’m going to convert to Catholicism.” Wednesday evening in the courtroom, she walked up to the bishop and repeated that.
Schuller himself gave his blessing to the sale. “I could not abide the thought,” the 85-year-old minister wrote in a letter to the court, “that Chapman might someday use the cathedral for nonreligious purposes.” Catholic leaders had promised that they would “take on your calling of proclaiming Christ’s message to humanity” and “care for the campus like the treasure it is.”
I asked Tim whether he had any personal thoughts about the sale, or about the long road that had brought the Diocese of Orange to this point. He answered easily: “Highlight that the Holy Spirit was involved, and that He changed hearts.”
The Crystal Cathedral board acted prudently; it wasn’t all about the money or all about them. They knew that God had given them this property, and they sought to preserve it as a place of prayer. It was truly a conversion, and truly an opportunity to see how the Spirit works. That is the story.