Crystal Cathedral: Chapman University amends its $59-million offer
Despite the Crystal Cathedral board's new endorsement of the Roman Catholic Diocese's $57.5- million offer for the Garden Grove church and its campus, Chapman University on Thursday changed the terms of its now three-option offer.
The amended offer was made during a court hearing in Santa Ana, where Judge Robert Kwan was expected to decide on the buyer.
Chapman's latest option, which includes a $59-million purchase price, was amended to offer the Crystal Cathedral $1 monthly rent for the first 10 years for core buildings, instead of $25,000 per month for core buildings. The Crystal Cathedral would be available for Sunday services. After the first 10 years the rent would be $25,000 per month.
The offer does not allow the ministry to buy back the core buildings.
Chapman University would like to use the property as a satellite campus, possibly as a health sciences center.
Founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller also released a statement Thursday endorsing the diocesan offer, which would require the Crystal Cathedral ministry to move after three years.
Schuller said that every human has to make a decision that they don't want to make and this was no different.
He said prior to last Monday’s court hearing, he and his wife, Arvella, had already decided to diocese’s offer to purchase the campus.
"Though we deeply respect Chapman University, the uncertainty regarding the future use of the campus for religious purposes was divergent to the call of both God and our denomination that we embraced nearly sixty years ago," he said in the statement.
He said the diocese has been "gracious" and "accommodating" and has given the church terms that "exhibit sensitivity to our history and displays a spirit of honor for the ministry’s purpose and the significant contributions of the Crystal Cathedral Congregation, the Hour of Power Viewers, and our Global Supporters."
Schuller said he extends this message to the diocese: “Steward this campus. Keep it a light in Orange County that will never go out. A light that will always remind humanity how very much … God Loves Them and So Do We.”
-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Santa Ana
Photo: The Crystal Cathedral campus. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times