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May 4, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES
The Crystal Cathedral, in which William Hall conducted Mahler's Eighth Symphony ("Symphony of a Thousand") on Thursday, turns loud and complex music into sonic soup. Echoes rebound from echoes and it becomes virtually impossible at times to tell where music is coming from, make out words, distinguish individual musical lines or testify as to whether whole groups of instruments are even playing.
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.
November 13, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Like the Crystal Cathedral, St. Callistus Catholic Church in Garden Grove had a modest beginning. The former first gathered its flock in a drive-in theater; the latter offered Mass at a roller rink. Now, the Roman Catholic parish, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, has a sprawling home — a campus complete with a school, a chapel and a 1,200-seat church featuring Spanish, English and Vietnamese services. Its next home could be even more grand: the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral one mile away.
November 18, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Ruben Vives and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 19, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The popular, though independent Spanish-language ministry at the Crystal Cathedral, where people stand in line for hours to get a seat, may not move with the church's English-language services when the time comes. According to the terms of a $57.5-million deal approved Thursday night in Bankruptcy Court, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will purchase the property and require Crystal Cathedral ministries to move to a new location within three years. The diocese plans to use the cathedral as its own after that; St. Callistus Catholic Church, also in Garden Grove, has been presented as an alternative site for the English-language ministries.
November 18, 2010 | By Abby Sewell and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. trustee and creditors in the Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy proceedings have questioned spending at the Garden Grove-based megachurch, which has long kept its finances under wraps. In documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, the trustee and the creditors concluded that the church paid at least three insiders for what appeared to be redundant duties. They also question the six-figure housing allowance paid to Chief Financial Officer Fred Southard, which allowed him to largely avoid federal income taxes, according to tax documents filed in court.
October 19, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
First came the layoffs, then the cutbacks in programming. Now the Crystal Cathedral, the beleaguered glass megachurch in Orange County, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The church decided to file for Chapter 11 after some of its creditors sued for payment, according to church officials. Hundreds of creditors could be owed between $50 million and $100 million, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana on Monday. "Our ministry will continue as usual," said Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, speaking under an overcast sky Monday afternoon at the church's sprawling 40-acre Garden Grove campus.
July 8, 2011
About glass houses Re "Crystal Cathedral denies Rev. Schuller was ousted," July 5, and "Church campus gets a new suitor," July 6 The sad state of affairs at the Crystal Cathedral is another blow to religion in this nation — another example of what money and ego can do to people who do not follow what they preach. To a man of faith, the amount of money that church leaders wasted on buildings, lifestyles and grand productions is almost unbelievable. Imagine all that money going instead to charities.
March 23, 2011
A coalition of one Re "Strikes on Libya intensify," March 21 Here we go again, attacking another country as part of a coalition. It starts out as a coalition, then, when the conflict continues, the other members quit, leaving the U.S. to foot much of the bill. Time and time again we end up fighting the battle alone for years and paying for something we cannot afford. Why don't we ever get out when the others leave? Meanwhile, we are laying off teachers and police, unemployment remains at unacceptable levels, healthcare is unattainable for many and the overall economic struggle continues.
May 27, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Easter at the Crystal Cathedral was once one of the church's signature events: packed with people, decorated with a flurry of fresh flowers, a full orchestra and a pageant performed with flying angels. But this year, things were different. About a quarter of the orchestra — including an oboist, flutist and four French horn players — walked out a mere hour before services began Sunday. They refused to play when they found out their paychecks were short, in some cases by half of what they were verbally promised.
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