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November 26, 1995 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The self-proclaimed prophet, while he lived, foretold many things that were to be. He spoke of a coming worldwide upheaval. He spoke of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. But Herbert W. Armstrong never foresaw the upheaval now being visited upon the church he founded. It was not to be the end of the world, but the end of the Worldwide Church of God as he knew it--and his vaunted place on the battlements of belief.
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December 31, 1987 | MYRNA OLIVER, Times Legal Affairs Writer
A state Court of Appeal reversed a $1.26-million defamation verdict against the Worldwide Church of God Wednesday, ruling that a minister's comments explaining church doctrine are protected from libel suits by the First Amendment. In ordering a new trial, the 2nd District Court of Appeal held that the Constitution's "free exercise" of religion clause took precedence over the state's interest in protecting citizens' reputations by means of libel and slander laws.
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October 22, 1988 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer,
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed a multimillion-dollar libel and slander suit filed more than nine years ago against two ministers of the Pasadena-based Worldwide Church of God and the estate of the church's late founder, Herbert W. Armstrong. Superior Court Judge Richard A. Lavine granted a summary motion on behalf of Raymond McNair and Roderick Meredith, who had been named in an action filed in July, 1979, by McNair's former wife, Leona.
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April 1, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
After the 1987-88 televangelist scandals, it was no surprise that the Rev. Robert Schuller's weekly "Hour of Power" emerged atop the religious programming heap. The glass on the Crystal Cathedral was barely smudged during the "holy wars" period, but every preacher's moral and financial integrity was scrutinized. As a result, the Garden Grove pastor dropped from a high of 2 million viewers in 1986 to about 1.3 million, and he sounded the alarm for emergency donations last Christmastime.
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February 9, 1995 | LARRY B. STAMMER and DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rocked by members' reaction to major reversals of its most fundamental doctrines--including a new declaration that tithing is no longer mandatory--the Worldwide Church of God is facing the most severe financial crisis in its history. Leaders of the Pasadena-based church were meeting behind closed doors Wednesday, undertaking a top-to-bottom review of all church operations and personnel in the face of a decline in church revenues of at least 30% since the beginning of the year.
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March 18, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court on Thursday let stand a ruling by an appeal court in Los Angeles that gives churches and ministers broad constitutional protection against libel suits for statements they make involving religious doctrine. Over two dissents, the justices refused to hear a challenge to a state Court of Appeal decision last December overturning a $1.26-million defamation award against the Worldwide Church of God and church officials.
BUSINESS
February 5, 1991 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
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July 4, 2002 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stanley Robert Rader, the long-time confidant of the late Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God, has died. He was 71. Rader, who successfully battled California during a church finance scandal and then won passage of legislation blocking fiscal investigations of any religious group by the state, died Tuesday in Pasadena, two weeks after he was diagnosed with acute pancreatic cancer. For years, Rader often was at the center of tumultuous events in the church's history.
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November 10, 2001 | MARK A. KELLNER, Mark A. Kellner is a freelance writer in Marina del Rey
From his first trip to Hollywood in 1947 until his death 39 years later at 93, Herbert W. Armstrong's career as a religious entrepreneur was one of the most spectacular Southern California had ever seen. In his prime--and for years beyond--he combined radio flair, marketing prowess and a quirky theological smorgasbord to build a luxuriously appointed 50-acre Pasadena campus.
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February 13, 2004
Ann Hassett, former executive director of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Pasadena, has been named managing director of the Ambassador Hall Board of Directors, a group that is working with the Worldwide Church of God and the city of Pasadena to reopen the Ambassador Auditorium, which has been closed to performances since 1995.
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