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Crystal Cathedral Megachurch Founder Dead at 88

Robert Schuller's influence had faded in recent years

(Newser) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early today at a care facility... More »

Reverend to Ministry: You Owe Me Millions

Rev. Robert Schuller gets his day in bankruptcy court

(Newser) - Rev. Robert Schuller's old ministry may be bankrupt, but he says they still owe him millions—and he's fighting for every cent. The once-powerful preacher showed up smiling in a crisp black suit today on the first day of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries' bankruptcy trial, the LA Times... More »

Founding Family Out at Crystal Cathedral

Robert Schuller, kin off the megachurch board

(Newser) - The problem-plagued evangelical Crystal Cathedral has finally cut all ties with its once-powerful founding family. The daughter of church patriarch Robert Schuller, the Rev. Sheila Schuller Coleman, announced yesterday that it was her last sermon at the mammoth church that has slid into financial ruin. The Schullers will also no... More »

Catholics Win Bid to Buy Crystal Cathedral

Bankruptcy judge, cathedral board choose diocese over Chapman University

(Newser) - The Catholics won this round: A bankruptcy judge ruled yesterday that Crystal Cathedral will be sold to Orange County’s Roman Catholic Diocese for $57.5 million, meaning the iconic Protestant building will likely become a Catholic one soon. Chapman University was competing with the diocese to buy the property,... More »

Catholics Bid $57.5M to Buy Crystal Cathedral

But Chapman University also wants the site for a satellite campus

(Newser) - The Catholic Diocese of Orange County has boosted its bid for the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral to $57.5 million, and hopes to make the gleaming 3,000-seat church its own county-wide cathedral. The other key bidder locked in a battle for the site is Chapman University, which hopes to use... More »

Creditors Sue Crystal Cathedral's Founding Family

Family scored big salaries despite church's financial woes: suit

(Newser) - The Crystal Cathedral creditors' committee is suing the church's founding family for allegedly borrowing endowment money and raking in healthy salaries—all while the church was in dire financial straits. The lawsuit says that family members of founder Robert H. Schuller borrowed some $10 million from an endowment fund... More »

Bankrupt Crystal Cathedral Aims for $50M in Donations

Schuller church hopes 'faith-based' tactic prevents sale of campus

(Newser) - Seeking to fight its way back from bankruptcy , Crystal Cathedral’s board is trying a new, “faith-generated” approach: It hopes to raise $50 million in donations, the Los Angeles Times reports. Meanwhile, the creditors committee at the church founded by Robert Schuller will continue its effort to sell the... More »

Crystal Cathedral Board: We Didn't Oust Founder

Board denies report from Robert Schuller's son

(Newser) - Contrary to yesterday's report , Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of California's Crystal Cathedral, "was not voted off the board," a church spokesperson says. Rather, the board voted to change Schuller's position "from that of a voting board member to the honorary Chairman of the... More »

Crystal Cathedral Boots Founder

Robert Schuller ousted over disagreement with board: son

(Newser) - As its finances spiral, the board of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral has ousted the megachurch’s founder. Robert H. Schuller had “wanted to add board members,” but the board “didn't want that because they would lose control,” said his son. “They kicked him off... More »

Bankrupt Crystal Cathedral Paid CFO $132K Home Fee

Fred Southard dodged taxes with housing 'allowance'

(Newser) - A US trustee and a creditors committee are challenging Crystal Cathedral's spending habits—including a six-figure housing allowance for the church CFO, who owns a $2.3 million home, as well as mystery payments to officials, according to documents filed with the court. Last year, the megachurch paid Fred Southard... More »

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