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Will purchase of Crystal Cathedral save money for Orange diocese?

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.


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  • 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.