Diocese of Orange raises bid for Crystal Cathedral
By Marianne Medlin
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Garden Grove, Calif., Aug 11, 2011 / 05:59 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Orange upped its previous bid and signaled openness to new negotiations for the Crystal Cathedral after board members recently announced that the building is no longer for sale.
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The liturgist for the Orange diocese, Monsignor Arthur Holquin, said July 26 that several changes would need to take place in order for the Crystal Cathedral to become a Catholic worship space.
Along with a central altar, a tabernacle and a baptismal font, the building would need a “cathedra” or bishop’s chair. While renovations are needed to the building, “not much deconstruction would be required and the iconic personality of the original architecture and design would, for the most part, be retained,” he said.
Purchasing the Crystal Cathedral is an attractive option for the diocese because it provides an instant solution to its building needs and would cost roughly half the $100 million price tag for the planned Santa Ana cathedral.
Though the diocese made an official $50 million bid for the Crystal Cathedral on July 22, the church’s board later voted against selling it and decided to appeal to church members and viewers to donate the funds instead.
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Guess I just don’t understand.
Couldn’t God be worshiped in an appropriately decorated warehouse?
As far as the “bishop’s chair”, I have a old folding chair to donate. Won’t that hold a butt.
Reminds me of the French’s Maginot Line and Patton’s famous apocryphal remark “fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity”.
Maybe a cathedral is marketing? Of an idea who’s time has past. “Big Church” must join the dustbin of failed concepts like: Big Gooferment, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Labor, Big Biz, “Too Big To Fail” (2B2F), Social Security “Insurance”, the misnamed Federal Reserve Bank, Wall Street, Fiat Paper aka “monopoly money”, and all such stupidity?
It’s always sad when the illusions and delusions die. And all we are left with is the wreckage.
Is it too late to rebuild from the pieces?
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Reminds me a church built in the Amazon in the late 1990s. It had a dirt floor, a big gap in the roof, open spaces for windows, very hot and humid, one guitar with a missing string, a drum set, an off tune but willing singer, and it was some of the best worship I ever experienced. Many lives were changed as a result.