This is an interior view of the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., which was purchased for US$57.5 million by the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif., in February.

CNS PHOTO | RICK BELCHER, DIOCESE OF ORANGE

This is an interior view of the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., which was purchased for US$57.5 million by the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif., in February.

June 25, 2012

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange, Calif., said June 9 that Christ Cathedral is the new name of the former Crystal Cathedral, now owned by the diocese and once home to the ministries of the Rev. Robert Schuller.

The only requirement that Schuller made was that the name refer to Christ.

The new name was officially approved by the Vatican. Msgr. Michael Heher, the diocese’s vicar general, said Schuller, the televangelist who founded the Crystal Cathedral and led its popular nationally broadcast TV program Hour of Power, told him he had built the cathedral for Christ.

“Dr. Schuller said he knew that under Roman Catholic ownership, the Crystal Cathedral would be with Christ forever.

It was a powerful gesture of confidence,” the priest said.