November 28, 2011
A  U.S. bankruptcy court judge has cleared the way for the Diocese of Orange to purchase the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.

CNS PHOTO | TIM RUE

A U.S. bankruptcy court judge has cleared the way for the Diocese of Orange to purchase the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.

A bankruptcy court judge has ordered the sale of the Crystal Cathedral and its nearly 31-acre campus in Garden Grove, calif., to the Catholic Diocese of Orange for US$57.5 million.

Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kwan's Nov. 17 ruling confirmed a decision by the Crystal Cathedral Ministries board of directors to accept the diocese's offer over a competing bid.

The Crystal Cathedral, founded by the Rev. Robert Schuller and the site of his nationally broadcast Hour of Power TV program, will lease back the church and other buildings for up to three years.

The church will eventually become the cathedral for the Diocese of Orange, which has the 10th largest Catholic population among U.S. dioceses.

"We sincerely regret the difficult circumstances Dr. Schuller and his ministry have encountered," said Orange Bishop Tod Brown in a news release.

The diocese will re-develop the property as its cathedral, a pastoral centre, a parish school and other facilities.