So the big news in Godburg over the weekend was that the Crystal Cathedral, the once-hallowed home of Schuller family shenanigans, has officially been renamed Christ Cathedral.
Why it took months to drop three letters and add two others is anyone's guess, but as a "Wheel of Fortune" fan, I've seen ... More >>
They haven't made a public announcement yet, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange appears to have picked a rector for the Crystal Cathedral.Rev. Christopher Smith is expected to take the post in June or July, according to Stephen Bohannon, a spokesman for the Diocese.
UPDATE, MARCH 26, 5:27 P.M.: Appreciative that someone other than family reads his Orange County Register pieces, staff writer Scott M. Reid just shot over an email clarifying the time line in my original post about his bombshell story on the internationally known Nadadores Swim Club of Mission V ... More >>
The Crystal Cathedral announced in a statement Wednesday that Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman is temporarily leaving the board of directors. "The leadership changes to the Board of Directors for Crystal Cathedral Ministries are temporary and we believe that they will be good for the Cr ... More >>
It's a week worth of bite-size Orange County news and what it all taught us.FEB. 4: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange reveals on its website that it is accepting from parishoners new names for Crystal Cathedral through Feb. 20. Bishop Tod Brown's
only requirement is that the new moniker be "C ... More >>
While the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is allowing Crystal Cathedral ministry to stay there for another three years before completely taking over, Bishop Tod Brown is seeking a new name now, with submissions accepted through Feb. 20 at rcbo.org/cathedral-name. Brown asks only that the name be ... More >>
This is so weird: just a few weeks ago I was walking around the new construction to reach the sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Ana.This morning, those portions being remodeled were totally lost in an overnight fire.
A $59 million hail Mary by Chapman University did not overcome the hail Marys of parishoners, clergy and a certain bishop as a bankruptcy judge decided Thursday afternoon that the Crystal Cathedral will be sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for $57.5 million.By siding with the Crystal C ... More >>
A bankruptcy judge has said he'll make a decision Thursday on who the winning bidder is for Crystal Cathedral, Orange County's original Protestant megachurch that was completed in Garden Grove in 1980 and is now $46 million in debt.Bidding seems to have come down to two other Orange County instit ... More >>
After East Los Angeles-born Martha M. Escutia served in both houses of the California Legislature from 1992 through 2006, she helped found the private law practice The Senators (Ret.) Firm in
Newport Beach, where she specializes in representing abuse victims and their
families.In the wake of th ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 2:15 P.M.: Bishop Oscar D. Perez Perez, who faces up to 60 years to life in state prison for alleged sex crimes involving two 11-year-old boys, met the victims though his Iglesia Antigua Católica congregation and not St. George's Parish of Laguna Hills.Iglesia Antigua Católica ... More >>
Mater Dei's logoAs a student-athlete who grew up playing sports at a local high school, I had the privilege (read: frustration) of occasionally sharing the field with teams from Mater Dei High School. Their teams, in most every sport (particularly boys basketball and football), were alw ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 11, 12:22 P.M.: Crystal Cathedral's former chief financial officer, Fred Southard, strolled into a recent bankruptcy hearing in federal court in Santa Ana and shook his head. It just won't work, he commented to assembled reporters about the Robert H. Schuller family plan to turn to c ... More >>
The South Orange County Community College District has settled a suit brought by some of its teachers and one former student over the practice of opening prayers at various official district events.The plaintiffs in Westphal v. Wagner--which references Karla Westphal, a Saddleback professor who ... More >>
One day at band camp, this kid was shredding at Bolsa Chica when he slipped off his board and yelled, "Jesus Christ." So, it is not without precedence that a priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will wade into the waters near Huntington Beach Pier Sunday morning to bless the waves.
Brown: Rocking that lavendar!My gawd, was there ever a time when Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown wasn't a lying, conniving, pervert-protecting coward? Over the weekend, the Idaho Statesman revealed that the Diocese of Boise (headed by Bishop Michael Driscoll, who ranks second only to John U ... More >>
UPDATED WITH RESPONSE FROM LAWYER FOR THE DISTRICT . . . A lawsuit has been filed in U.S.
District Court for the Central District of California against the South Orange County Community College District over official prayers during public ceremonies, Americans United for Separation of Church and ... More >>
Don Wagner, in charge.Irvine's Don Wagner, the hard-core conservative president of the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, kicks off his bid for state Assembly this evening with the help from one of the other hard-core conservatives on the college board's dais, "Chai ... More >>