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Crystal Cathedral buyer expected to be chosen Monday

November 14, 2011 |  9:54 am

Crystal Cathedral
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge is expected to decide Monday between two offers to buy the landmark glass-walled Crystal Cathedral building in Garden Grove.

Chapman University and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange have submitted competing bids buy the cathedral and surrounding buildings.

The diocese recently increased its bid to $55.4 million from the $50 million it originally offered. Under its proposal, the Crystal Cathedral congregation would move after three years, with the option of relocating to St. Callistus Catholic Church in Garden Grove.

Chapman University, meanwhile, has offered $51.5 million.

The church filed for bankruptcy protection last October, listing more than $50 million in debt. The ministry has been mired in turmoil for last several years, beginning with the resignation of Robert A. Schuller, the founder's son, as pastor in 2008.

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— Nicole Santa Cruz

Photo: A bankruptcy judge is expected to choose a buyer for the Crystal Cathedral building on Monday. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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