Crystal Cathedral Goes To Chapman University
This deserves a Te Deum.
Not due to the diocese of Orange, but merely to the sellers having picked the institution offering the on the whole best package for them, the Catholics of the Orange diocese have avoided having a Cathedral that looks like the headquarter of a pharmaceutical company, or a potential venue for Holiday On Ice.
The agreement now reached allows the proddie community to continue to remain in the building, transforming the bankruptcy procedure in a certainly painful – but not as traumatic as bankruptcy and asset liquidation – sale and lease back. The community will even have the right to buy back the property once the financial situation improves. The Christian Cathedral Ministry (as I think it’s called) could really not have picked any other solution, once the offer of Chapman guaranteed to satisfy the creditors. If we look at it realistically, if there is an offer which is acceptable by the creditors and allows the Ministry to buy back the building, the Ministry will have to be seen to be willing to buy the building back irrespective of the real chances of this really happening.
Please note that the offer of the Orange County diocese would also have allowed the ministry to remain in the place for another three years, thus making the solution certainly attractive from a financial point of view, but not so terribly fast compared to the process of building a new Cathedral.
Just as an aside, I allow myself to direct your attention to the result of the “miracle campaign” started last summer and about which I had already reported. It now turns out the final result of the worldwide fund raising campaign was….. £172,775.50.
I dare say that if we want to see miracles, we will have to continue to look for them in the place provided for them by God: His One Church.