As I predicted a month-and-a-half ago, the Catholic Diocese of Orange is interested in buying the Crystal Cathedral from the Rev. Robert Schuller, mostly to save Bishop Tod D. Brown's ass from ever having to build the Tod Mahal that would've been Christ Our Savior Cathedral. This past weekend, OC Catholics were urged to pray for "wisdom and guidance" for Brownie's bid which, if successful, will be the first smart thing he's EVER done.
There is only one problem to the Orange diocese's plans, and it's not the competing bids by a developer and Chapman University: it's the daughters of Schuller.
Sources close to the mess (like, super super close so obviously can't be named) tell the Weekly that Schuller wants to sell out to Brownie because he wants to see the Crystal Cathedral and its surrounding complex continue as a religious institution and not succumb to the secular grasps of Chapman or the developers—a surprising development considering Schuller has always been about the money. But the daughters of Schuller, Sheila Schuller Coleman primary among them, plan to refuse Dad's request, because they don't feel that Brownie will submit the highest overall offer, and money is all they care about to save themselves and continue with their profligate spending.
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Well, at least the daughters learned well from Dad! Heckuva job, Brownie!