Catholic Diocese of Orange Buys Crystal Cathedral for $57.5 Million

Oh my. Why? I don’t think this ugly monstrosity can possibly be “flipped to resemble anything like a Catholic holy space.

Deacon Greg has the details:

“In the end, 2,000 years of tradition carried the day.

An Orange County bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday that the Crystal Cathedral, a monument to modernism in faith and architecture, will be sold for $57.5 million to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which plans to consecrate it as a Catholic cathedral.

The ruling was a blow to Chapman University, which had fought bitterly down to the final moments of the bankruptcy case for the right to buy the property as a satellite campus.

It also marked the end of a remarkable chapter in the history of American Christianity, one that was written in glass and steel by the Crystal Cathedral’s founder and guiding light, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller.

In a day filled with drama and deep emotion, Chapman had pressed its case with a newly escalated bid of $59 million, only to complain that it had been blindsided by the Crystal Cathedral board, which came down firmly on the side of the Catholic Church.

In the end, Schuller himself gave his blessing to what once would have seemed unthinkable: the conversion of his sleekly modern masterpiece in Garden Grove, a place where fresh breezes blow through open walls and church services feature talk-show-style interviews, into a Catholic cathedral redolent of incense and ancient ritual.” Continue reading….


About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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4 Responses to Catholic Diocese of Orange Buys Crystal Cathedral for $57.5 Million

  1. Susan Swehla says:

    I don’t get it either. I think it’s plain ugly; give me bricks and mortar!


  2. Christine says:

    I can’t believe “we” bought that. Give me a traditional old church anytime!


  3. I think this is fantastic. I think it will be turned into beauty. It may be far from that now, but it will be. I have seen worse.


  4. daisy says:

    It’s better than the cathedral in LA and it looks better than most of what you’d find in any suburb. It least it soars and is probably beautiful at night.


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