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June 14, 2012
Re "Crystal Cathedral gets a new name," June 10 When the Rev. Robert Schuller named his famous sanctuary Crystal Cathedral, he did not realize that the name, even though an alliteration (the building was neither made of crystal nor was it a cathedral), was prophetic. Changing the name to Christ Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange brings this magnificent building full circle: The name of Jesus Christ takes center stage and with the installation of the cathedra, or bishop's throne, it becomes a cathedral in the real sense of the word.
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April 8, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The New Canaan, Conn., home of the architect who designed the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove will open for tours next month, but best to keep an eye on his Glass House because it could disappear. The Glass House , designed by noted architect Philip Johnson , was true to its name but for one thing: It had  a brick-enclosed bathroom. Johnson's house was completed in 1949, and the noted architect used his Connecticut home, about 50 miles northeast of New York, as a retreat from workaday pressures.
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February 11, 2014 | Nicole Santa Cruz
Though the Rev. Robert H. Schuller was the face of the once-global "Hour of Power" television ministry, he was never alone. His wife, Arvella, was always behind the scenes, working to make sure everything ran smoothly. Arvella Schuller, who served as a producer of the television show and was one of the main creative forces of the Crystal Cathedral, died Tuesday at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange after a brief illness. She was 84. In a statement, her grandson, Bobby V. Schuller, said she died "peacefully of natural causes.
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February 11, 2014 | Nicole Santa Cruz
Though the Rev. Robert H. Schuller was the face of the once-global "Hour of Power" television ministry, he was never alone. His wife, Arvella, was always behind the scenes, working to make sure everything ran smoothly. Arvella Schuller, who served as a producer of the television show and was one of the main creative forces of the Crystal Cathedral, died Tuesday at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange after a brief illness. She was 84. In a statement, her grandson, Bobby V. Schuller, said she died "peacefully of natural causes.
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August 1, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Leaders of Orange County's bankrupt Crystal Cathedral backed away from talk of selling and called on congregants and "Hour of Power" television viewers to open their checkbooks to help erase more than $50 million in debt. The announcement that the architecturally rich Garden Grove campus is not for sale came during Sunday morning services and followed a vote Thursday by its board of directors. Last week the church reorganized the board, adding five members. In a statement, church founder Robert H. Schuller called the decision not to sell "unexpected" but applauded the effort.
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November 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The former Crystal Cathedral will close to the public as it undergoes a transformation from a space built as a television studio as much as a sanctuary into a Catholic cathedral, the church's new owner, the Diocese of Orange, announced Tuesday. Beginning Sunday, the newly named Christ Cathedral will be closed for construction as crews launch a $29-million effort to restore the more than 75,000-square-foot space. The diocese has been working with liturgical consultants and architects to modify the cathedral built in the vision of the Rev. Robert Schuller into one that meets the requirements to serve as the headquarters for Orange County's Catholic community of more than 1.2 million people.
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March 11, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Robert H. Schuller and his wife cited the "negative" environment at the church he founded when announcing their resignation from the Crystal Cathedral board. "We cannot continue to serve on the board in what has become an adversarial and negative atmosphere especially since it now seems that it will not be ending any time soon," Arvella Schuller said in a statement Saturday. The Schullers' resignation marks the end of an era. For the first time, no family member is serving on the board of the church that Robert Schuller founded 42 years ago. A minister from the Midwest, Schuller began preaching in Southern California in 1955 from the roof of a snack shop at a drive-in theater.
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February 1, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The sale of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has been delayed, in part because of a purported 99-year lease brought to the court's attention days before the sale was to be finalized. On Jan. 25, lawyers in the case received a letter detailing an agreement that entitles the Crystal Cathedral congregation to the long-term lease for $1 per year. The diocese, which said it "has serious doubts regarding the alleged lease's existence," demanded signed copies of the lease by Jan. 27. The Crystal Cathedral was unable to produce any documentation.
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June 29, 2013 | By Anh Do
On the plaza of the future Christ Cathedral, 3,000 chairs and 7,000 water bottles awaited the faithful. On Saturday, before Mass welcomed families from St. Callistus Church to their new home, an organizer said into the microphone: "Those sitting in the sun will get more blessings from God. " The service on the grounds once belonging to the Crystal Cathedral started on time at 4 p.m., as a parade of priests led by Bishop Kevin Vann let their words...
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The New Canaan, Conn., home of the architect who designed the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove will open for tours next month, but best to keep an eye on his Glass House because it could disappear. The Glass House , designed by noted architect Philip Johnson , was true to its name but for one thing: It had  a brick-enclosed bathroom. Johnson's house was completed in 1949, and the noted architect used his Connecticut home, about 50 miles northeast of New York, as a retreat from workaday pressures.
OPINION
December 3, 2013
Re "Pope's manifesto calls for decentralized church," Nov. 27 Contrary to Pope Francis' comments, capitalism has done more to empower people and raise living standards than any other force in history. As Milton Friedman pointed out years ago: "The only cases in which the masses have escaped from … grinding poverty … in recorded history are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it's exactly in the kind of societies that depart from that.
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November 26, 2013 | By James Barragan
A man convicted of killing his girlfriend in her Reseda apartment was sentenced Tuesday to 56 years to life in prison, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. James Howard Jr., 23, was convicted in September of murder in the slaying of Sharilit Matthews , who was killed Feb. 2, 2012, and was found eight days later by police conducting a welfare check. Howard's conviction carried special allegations that he used a knife -- a deadly and dangerous weapon -- in the murder and that he had received a strike conviction in 2009 for robbery.
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November 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities Tuesday identified the woman whose remains were found last month at two water treatment plants 30 miles apart as Erin Lynn Cruz, 27, of East San Gabriel Valley. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said a cause of death has not been determined. Cruz was last seen in the La Puente area late on the evening of Oct. 23, according to sheriff's homicide detectives. The body parts were discovered beginning Oct. 26, when a pelvis and legs were found at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in the 24500 block of South Figueroa Street in Carson.
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November 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The former Crystal Cathedral will close to the public as it undergoes a transformation from a space built as a television studio as much as a sanctuary into the spiritual home for the Orange County Catholic community of more than 1.2 million people. Beginning Sunday, the newly named Christ Cathedral will be closed for construction as crews launch a $29-million effort to restore the more than 75,000-square-foot space. The Diocese of Orange has been working with liturgical consultants and architects to modify the church built in the vision of the Rev. Robert Schuller into one that meets the requirements of a Catholic cathedral.
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November 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The former Crystal Cathedral will close to the public as it undergoes a transformation from a space built as a television studio as much as a sanctuary into a Catholic cathedral, the church's new owner, the Diocese of Orange, announced Tuesday. Beginning Sunday, the newly named Christ Cathedral will be closed for construction as crews launch a $29-million effort to restore the more than 75,000-square-foot space. The diocese has been working with liturgical consultants and architects to modify the cathedral built in the vision of the Rev. Robert Schuller into one that meets the requirements to serve as the headquarters for Orange County's Catholic community of more than 1.2 million people.
OPINION
September 17, 2013
Re "Age-old rituals, TV-age church," Column One, Sept. 13 The Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy has chosen to spend millions ($57.5 million on the purchase alone) to convert the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove to the Christ Cathedral. It's logic: The church needs a place that helps Catholics "see their faith is larger," according to Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann. This echoes former L.A. Archbishop Roger M. Mahony's fundraising to build his downtown legacy edifice, saying that a magnificent structure is needed to properly experience God. I say baloney.
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June 16, 1986
I was shocked at the irresponsible and damaging headline in The Times (June 6), which included my name: "Schuller Cancels Cathedral Address by Foe of Apartheid." We did not cancel the address of a foe of apartheid. We rejected the use of the cathedral by an advocate of terrorism. I am on record as having been long opposed to apartheid. Why then did we block the appearance of Alfred Nzo, a representative of the African National Congress, at the Crystal Cathedral? On only one ground: The ANC advocacy of violence and its use of terrorist tactics.
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September 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Nothing lasts forever, Omar Chatty knows that much. Even so, when he heard that the hundreds of religious steppingstones at the former Crystal Cathedral were being removed, the 62-year-old San Jose man was caught off guard. He bought his in 2006 for $2,500, an endowment he believed would "keep the gardens blooming, the water flowing and the Crystal Cathedral sparkling. " But his donation, and the hundreds of others from congregants who bought the marble blocks, wasn't enough to save the church from bankruptcy.
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September 6, 2013 | By Anh Do
The family of Robert H. Schuller was "surprised" by the diagnosis that treatment for life-threatening cancer could give the famed evangelist another two more years, according to the church headed by his daughter. The 89-year-old has a growth in his esophagus and was initially told he had three months to live, said his daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, who first shared the news with worshipers during a sermon in late August. In follow-up exams, an  oncologist  advised Schuller that although the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, he was "a good candidate for  chemotherapy  and radiation treatment that could extend his life," according to an online update on the Hope Center of Christ's website, the church headed by Schuller Coleman.
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