Saturday, November 19, 2011


Crystal Cathedral board would like Catholic diocese to buy it

It’s a beautiful building, and I’d like to see it remain Christian as Robert Schuller’s legacy (he probably wouldn’t mind if his old hero and friend Fulton Sheen has the posthumous last laugh), but it doesn’t work as a Catholic church. It’s an auditorium, a big Dutch Reformed preaching barn, not a temple for the Christian Sacrifice (commonly called the Mass). Putting up an altar and hanging devotional stuff in it wouldn’t change that. What to do?

What to name it? Crystal Cathedral of St Callistus (as that’s the territorial parish it would take over) is my pick. Catholic and acknowledge the building’s real name. It even keeps the alliteration. Maybe the switch is meant to be.

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