The Hour of Power episode this morning (Aug. 11, 2013), broadcast the last service in the Crystal Cathedral. It was touching and positive as Rev. Robert Schuller (II) gave the message. More on that.
In reviewing this situation I ran into an article about the sale and wish to offer my comments, as I did on the Christian Post.
I am disappointed that the Crystal Cathedral was sold to the Roman Catholic diocese in Orange County, CA, especially after reading the article published in the Christian Post ( Luiza Oleszczuk, “Robert Schuller trusts Catholic Church with Crystal Cathedral,” Christian Post, Dec. 21, 2011, http://global.christianpost.com/news/robert-schuller-trusts-catholic-church-with-crystal-cathedral-65365/), explaining that the RC bid was NOT the highest bid. This article does not explain why, but many of us would like to know.
On the other side of the coin, the Roman Catholic Church would never take a second-level bid. Why do these Protestants do this?
I have watched the Hour of Power many times off and on, since its inception in 1980. Most of the time it has been sitting with my dad in Melbourne, FL. I recall the message around 1982: “When times get tough, the tough get going.”
It is not a televangelist movement, but a teaching religious experience, touching on many issues which we face in life. It is based on God’s love, not on the fear and intimidation imposed by judgmental religions like the Roman Catholic faith and many conservative Protestant faiths. So it is very sad to see the church being sold to a church which remained silent towards the atrocities of Adolph Hitler, never excommunicating the man, yet today excommunicating people who have NEVER murdered, let alone performed genocide.
When people should have spoken up, they did not. Only a Lutheran pastor named Dietrich Bonnhoffer did. It was not the fleas which got to him, either.
Douglas Cornwell, Tioga Herald