ORANGE, California – Busch Firm, the legal representative of the diocese in court stated that the Diocese of Orange “beat all odds in their winning bid for the Crystal Cathedral because their final offer was less than their competitor”.
“A true miracle!” stressed by the firm’s founder Tim Busch in his reaction to the news.
The firm was surprised that the Crystal Cathedral Ministries board has chose the Diocese of Orange’s $57.5 million offer for the bankrupt cathedral just after Chapman University edged up its bid to $59 million on November 17.
Although bankruptcy Judge Robert N. Kwan allowed the board to have the liberty to choose from either of the two offers, the majority of its members sided with the diocese because it would “protect the campus as a place of praise and worship and would provide a smoother transition,” Busch Firm announced.
The purchase of the Crystal Cathedral will be closing on December 30, 2011 and is planned to meet the needs of the 1.2 million Catholics in Orange County, which is the 10th largest diocese in the country.
Bishop Tod D. Brown made a vow that the diocese will “protect this wonderful structure as a place of worship and will soon provide our Catholic community with a new cathedral, pastoral center, parish school and more.”
Bishop Brown also offered his sympathy to Robert H. Schuller, the cathedral’s founding pastor, who filed for bankruptcy last October after being sued by creditors for payment.
Purchasing the Crystal Cathedral was an attractive option because it provides an instant solution to the Diocese of Orange’s building needs and will indeed cost them an approximate sum of half the $100 million that they need to build the cathedral planned for Santa Ana.
Monsignor Arthur Holquin, the liturgist for the Diocese of Orange mentioned on July 26 that “several changes will need to take place in order for the Crystal Cathedral to become a Catholic worship space.”
Having a central altar, a tabernacle and a baptismal font, the building would also need a “cathedra” or the bishop’s chair. While renovations are being planned for 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 concluded.
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