Crystal Cathedral Renamed 'Christ Cathedral'

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The Crystal Cathedral, the mega-church founded by televangelist Robert Schuller, has been renamed the "Christ Cathedral."

Members of California's famous former Crystal Cathedral will relocate next summer.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange purchased the glass-paned building in bankruptcy proceedings for a little more than $57.7 million. The building was sold to pay off more than $40 million of debt.

"We hold Rev. Schuller and his ministry in the highest esteem," Bishop Tod Brown said. "It was important that any change of name for the cathedral itself be respectful of its spiritual legacy while accommodating our needs to clearly define this important facility as a Catholic center of worship."

The deal allows Crystal Cathedral's congregation to meet at St. Callistus, a nearby Catholic church. They will be able to lease the building for free through December of 2013. The congregation plans to move next June.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange plans to transform the building into a Catholic cathedral.

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