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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 10, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has increased its bid to $55.4 million for the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral, pitting it against Chapman University in the quest to buy the iconic Garden Grove campus. A bankruptcy judge now will decide who will take over the Orange County landmark, founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller. Last week, Chapman University upped its bid to $51.5 million and was named the preferred buyer; the offer includes an option that would allow the Crystal Cathedral to lease and buy back core buildings.
October 14, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
In charging the bishop of Kansas City with failure to report child abuse, prosecutors in Missouri have done something unprecedented in the long, troubling saga of the sexual abuse scandal in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church: hold a member of the church hierarchy criminally accountable for the alleged crimes of a priest. What remains to be seen is whether the indictment of Bishop Robert Finn will be an isolated event or will encourage prosecutors elsewhere to investigate allegations of coverup against members of the church leadership.
September 15, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The judge in the Crystal Cathedral bankruptcy case agreed Wednesday to move forward with an exit plan that calls for the sale of the church's Garden Grove property. In the next month, about 400 creditors will vote on an exit strategy; the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Chapman University, both of which increased their initial bids, remain the leading candidates to buy the property. The creditors committee, composed of various vendors, is open to considering other offers, attorney Nanette Sanders told the court.
August 10, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Chapman University and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange appear to be the front-runners to buy the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral, but if church insiders vote to block the sale of the property, creditors vow to sue, according to court documents filed Tuesday. In that event, the creditors committee would attempt to recover what it sees as "preferential" payments to church insiders in the two years leading up to the church's Chapter 11 filing, the documents say. A spokesman for the Crystal Cathedral did not respond to a request for comment.
July 23, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said Friday it has made a $50-million offer to buy the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral. The cash proposal would allow the Garden Grove church to lease the entire property for 36 months. At the end of the lease, the ministry would have to find a new location. "We wanted to be as flexible as possible given their situation," said Alan Martin, a bankruptcy attorney for the diocese. The Crystal Cathedral, founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and the home of the weekly "Hour of Power" broadcast, filed for bankruptcy in October, citing more than $50 million in debt . As the bankruptcy unfolds, the cathedral has received several offers for the property, which includes the glass cathedral, designed by architect Phillip Johnson, and a 234-foot prayer spire.
February 26, 2011 | Tim Rutten
When the social and political history of Los Angeles in the late 20th century comes to be written, it's likely that two men will stand out as fundamentally transformative leaders. One will be Tom Bradley, the five-term mayor who changed the city's politics and realigned its economic course; the other will be Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Hollywood-born prelate who has led what is now America's largest Roman Catholic diocese as archbishop for the last quarter-century, a post from which he will retire Sunday on his 75th birthday, as church law requires.
January 19, 2011 | Tim Rutten
When he turns 75 late next month, Cardinal Roger Mahony will step down as the leader of America's largest Roman Catholic diocese. But he's still vigorous and plans to remain very much engaged, not only as a priest but also as an influential voice in the debates over an issue that has preoccupied him throughout his ministry: Immigration. In a statement to be distributed throughout the archdiocese this week, Mahony outlines his plans in a deeply personal document headed, "STANDING with the ELEVEN MILLION: Welcoming the Strangers in Our Midst.
December 8, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
John Steinbock, the Roman Catholic bishop of Fresno who presided over a period of tremendous growth in his Central Valley diocese and was known as a strong administrator, a down-to-earth cleric and a hole-in-one golfer, died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 73. A former parish priest in Los Angeles, Steinbock had led the Diocese of Fresno since 1991 and was credited with turning around its finances and welcoming the immigrants who accounted for an increasingly large proportion of its flock.
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