Friday, December 23, 2011
KYRSTAL KATHEDRAL IN KALIFORNIA IS A MIRACLE OF KATHOLICISM AND AN EKKLESIAL KOMMUNITY OF KRYSTAL AND LIGHT
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But he quickly saw the bankruptcy as a chance to fulfill his dream in a different way and began a bidding war for the church property with Chapman University.
In the final 24 hours, Brown said that even he thought "it was all over." Then Schuller, who had won over millions of believers through his credo of "possibility thinking," told the court he could not abide the thought that Chapman might someday use the cathedral for nonreligious purposes. The deal was struck.
Diocesan officials were elated, with one attorney calling it a miracle. As Brown put it, "ecumenism has got a shot in the arm."
The acquisition unquestionably raises the profile of the nation's 10th-largest Roman Catholic diocese and could help it emerge from the shadow of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
"It was a tactical decision," said Father Thomas Rausch, a professor of Catholic theology at Loyola Marymount University. "Here's this beautiful church with a rich history in Orange County and an identity that's already established. It's a bargain for the local church."
It was a bittersweet victory, though, because Brown knew it marked the end of an era for Schuller's world-famous Crystal Cathedral Ministries, which has three years to vacate under terms of the deal, whereupon the Catholic diocese will use the campus.
Sheila Schuller Coleman, the founder's daughter, is senior pastor and continues to preach "possibility thinking," though the philosophy has not brought the $50 million in donations that could have staved off a sale.
"There's plenty of time for God to perform a miracle," she told congregants on a recent Sunday. At the front of the church, a table was set up with sign-up sheets for a "miracle" prayer drive.
Congregant Jillian Carter of Torrance said she still holds out hope.
"I feel like it's not over until it's over. Anything can happen," she said. "This place has its trademark. Nobody can take that."
That trademark is exactly what appealed to the diocese.
When Brown succeeded Bishop Norman McFarland in 1998, there were 600,000 Catholics in Orange County. There are now 1.2 million. That growth can be seen on almost any Sunday. For many parishes, the norm is standing-room-only turnout for Mass; at others, the Sunday crowds spill out the doors. Mass is said in 10 languages, including Vietnamese, Polish, Mandarin, Korean, Indonesian and Spanish.
During Brown's tenure, he dedicated nine churches, bringing the diocese total to 57. He also appointed Latinos and women to key positions and gave a new parish a Vietnamese name, Our Lady of La Vang, a first for a Catholic church in Southern California.
But he never lost sight of building a cathedral, first announcing plans in 2001.
Posted by Fr. Allan J. McDonald at Friday, December 23, 2011
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I love Krystals!
They've probably been served there for the "Lord's Supper."
They don't have Krystal restaurants in SoCal. They'd never make it there--too much competition.
frankly, I am so put off by it I can't bring myself to trust my own opinion. It's like some commenting on the beauty another man's wife. Or lack thereof.
"Mass is said in 10 languages, including Vietnamese, Polish, Mandarin, Korean, Indonesian and Spanish."
How much you want to bet Latin isn't one of them?
$57 Mil vs. $200 Mil? I like it much better than I did.
Honestly, the location isn't bad either. It's right by the I-5 which cuts through the middle of the diocese and near a couple of other freeways so that the entire diocese has rather easy access to the thing.
Yes, the place is Fugly. But, Location, Location, Location.
We all should go to the diocesan website and pray for Bishop Brown. http://rcbo.org/about-us/bishops/prayer-for-the-bishop.html
I've not seen a website where the Bishop requests your prayers. Good on him for that.
As for the Crystal Cathedral, it's a touch less of a mystery now.
I visited it in the 1990's when we lived in CA. I was still a Protestant then & was morbidly fascinated by it's architecture & attempt at grandeur - like the Cathedral at Koln, Germany but in a 'Protestant American Tradition' was what came to my mind at the time. Then I found out that several blocks of low income housing had been razed to build it, displacing dozens of poor families in the process - wow.
So now I am not sure what to think & perhaps I will not until I go back & see it in operation as a Catholic Cathedral.
It is very close in location to Disneyland - that makes sense somehow... -pgal
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