Shattered Crystal

Our family was not a church-going lot when I grew up. My dad was probably the most interested in going, but he deferred to the rest of us and our disinterest. Later on, after the kids were on their own, I found out he got really into Robert Schuller and the whole Crystal Cathedral. He watched the show, wrote them checks, etc. To me, it made no sense that someone preaching the gospel of Jesus should be doing so from a crystal cathedral. Maybe from a mountain in the wilderness or by the shores of a lake, but not from such a gaudy, over-the-top setting.

Predictably, the mighty have fallen. The Crystal Cathedral has filed for bankruptcy and the Schullers, recipients of big salaries and a 10-million loan from the endowment fund, still have their hands out:

“They’ve completely depleted the church’s funds,” one member, Bob Canfield, told the Orange County Register. “But they have shown that they have absolutely no remorse for what they’ve done. They’re still being chauffeured around in limos. We, the congregants, have nothing.”

An email sent recently by Crystal Cathedral administrators said that Schuller and his wife, Arvella, “would appreciate meals over the next three to four weeks.” It added: “They are to be sent to the church in order to be transported to Arvella. The limo drivers could pick up the dinners or meet in the Tower Lobby around 4:30 p.m.”

You can read the whole story here.

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