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Prelates laud former Crystal Cathedral

Catholic World News - August 09, 2012

A group of visiting bishops had high praise for Crystal Cathedral, the Protestant church acquired by the Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million following a bankruptcy court ruling. The building is being renamed Christ Cathedral.

“It's an overwhelming structure," said Cardinal Donald Wuerl. “Beautiful, uplifting, inspiring. The great Catholic tradition can be experienced here, made to come alive here. That opens a lot of possibilities.”

“It's mind-boggling," added Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Cronin of Hartford.

“This has worldwide implications," commented Hank Evers of the Orange Catholic Foundation. “We can create here the most significant Catholic cultural center in the world outside of the Vatican.”

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  • Posted by: moriarty6882 - Aug. 14, 2012 4:43 PM ET USA

    Why are all the comments on this site filled with such vitriolic condescension? Do the readers not trust the leadership, i.e., bishops, of the Church? Are the readers better informed than those enjoying magisterial authority? The comments expressed all too often border on anti-Catholicism.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 09, 2012 1:48 PM ET USA

    Not all Californians like it, Frodo1945. Some of us in northeren California think a church should look like a church. Although those of us in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, whose Cathedral looks like a Maytag washing machine, can't really throw stones. One hopes nobody will throw stones at the Crystal (renamed Christ) Cathedral, of course.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Aug. 09, 2012 1:26 PM ET USA

    I fail to see the beauty in a Church that has not a single aspect of any traditional Catholic architecture or any visible sense of the Catholic tradition. Oh well, I guess that is what the Californians like. They can have it.

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