The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has “expressed interest in the Crystal Cathedral property.” Read the article here.

One of the first megachurches in the United States, the Crystal Cathedral has been the home of the weekly “Hour of Power” broadcast ministry, founded in 1970 by the Rev. Dr. Robert H. Schuller, an ordained pastor of the Reformed Church in America.

Conflicts have plagued the Crystal Cathedral’s ministries since 2006, when Dr. Schuller’s son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, assumed the senior pastor role; he was removed from that post in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Schuller’s daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, became Executive Director of Ministry and Mission.

In October of 2010, the Crystal Cathedral filed for bankruptcy. Only three days ago, the Orange County Register reported that Dr. Schuller had been voted off the Crystal Cathedral’s board of directors; the website of the Crystal Cathedral spins that story rather more positively, indicating that Dr. Schuller has been named “honorary Chairman of the Board Emeritus.”

Information on the Crystal Cathedral’s architecture can be had here and here.

Information on the Virgil-Fox-designed Aeolian-Skinner/Ruffatti combination organ can be had here and here.

H/T to Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

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