“In the end, 2,000 years of tradition carried the day.” The Catholic Church Gets to Buy the Crystal Cathedral
Reverend Schuller, the Protestant Minister who founded Crystal Cathedral, sided with the Archdiocese of Orange, over Chapman University, which wanted to convert it into a satellite campus.
The LA Times reports:
In the end, Schuller himself gave his blessing to what once would have seemed unthinkable: the conversion of his sleekly modern masterpiece in Garden Grove, a place where fresh breezes blow through open walls and church services feature talk-show-style interviews, into a Catholic cathedral redolent of incense and ancient ritual.
In a letter to the court, the 85-year-old minister said he could not abide the thought that Chapman might someday use the cathedral for nonreligious purposes. Catholic leaders assured him, he said, that they would “take on your calling of proclaiming Christ’s message to humanity” and “care for this campus like the treasure it is.”
Now bring in the bells and smells!
Source: LA Times