The Crystal Cathedral, an Orange County landmark and one of the nation’s best-known Protestant churches, is now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.  Escrow closed Friday afternoon on the $57.5 million court-ordered sale, the diocese said.  The Schuller’s, the family who have owned the Cathedral since 1980, were not quick to let the Hollywood-esque property go.

In fact, Crystal Cathedral insiders, including Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, Schuller’s daughter, tried to derail the sale to the diocese last week. They claimed the congregation had a 99-year lease with bankrupt Crystal Cathedral Ministries, which had agreed to the cathedral’s sale in bankruptcy court.  However, no copy of the lease could be found and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kwan ordered the sale to go forward.

The Catholic diocese is not moving into the Cathedral immediately.  They have offered the Crystal Cathedral congregation the option to lease the landmark church and other buildings for $100,000 a month for the next year, rising to $150,000 a month for two more years.  After that, the diocese is offering the congregation a longer-term lease at nearby St. Callistus Church. The purchase ends the diocese’s 25-year search for a cathedral of its own.

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Article Tab: The sun reflects off the main tower at Crystal Cathedral. The cathedral is now a Catholic church owned by the Diocese of Orange. The purchase also ends the diocese's 25-year search for a cathedral of its own.

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