Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Will purchase of Crystal Cathedral save money for Orange diocese?

Catholic World News - December 14, 2011

By purchasing the Crystal Cathedral at a price of $57.5 million, the Diocese of Orange, California probably saved money--although the building will need extensive renovation in order to function as a Catholic church--according to David Gibson. Building a new cathedral would have been even more expensive, he says.

"And for those who may wince at the assertive modernism of the Crystal Cathedral's glass design, the reality is that any new cathedral would likely have followed a similar style," Gibson adds. He points to the futuristic cathedrals recently opened in Los Angeles and Oakland.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($14,930 to go):
$35,000.00 $20,069.98
43% 57%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Dec. 15, 2011 2:23 PM ET USA

    Well, by all means, let's be like L.A. and Oakland!

  • Posted by: John Holecek - Dec. 14, 2011 7:29 PM ET USA

    Praise God! I worshipped at the Crystal Cathedral as a Protestant and am thrilled that it will now become a Catholic Cathedral. Let this be the first of many.

  • Posted by: jflare293129 - Dec. 14, 2011 7:15 PM ET USA

    Seems to me that Mr. Gibson's remarks primarily highlight the idea that Catholics might be wise to avoid moving to California.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Blessed Book of Beasts 12 hours ago
Weekend reading 21 hours ago
Frustrating the Moral Law 22 hours ago
Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam August 29
An Appointment that Francis Should Withdraw August 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8