Judge delays decision on Crystal Cathedral until Thursday
A bankruptcy judge on Monday delayed a decision as to who would be the buyer of the Crystal Cathedral after Chapman University offered $1-a-month rent for the property's core buildings.
Judge Robert Kwan is giving the Crystal Cathedral board two days to consider the proposal, made Monday afternoon as an addition to the existing $51.5-million Chapman bid, and a $57.5-million offer by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
"This is what the university can do to try to meet the needs of the university and the congregation," said Jeffrey Broker, the attorney for Chapman.
The new Chapman offer was announced to standing applause and cheers. But not all congregants were excited.
Bruce Fox, of Westminster, said the offer would be great, if he still trusted the church.
"They have made some really bad decisions," he said.
The Chapman offer includes a reserve fund of up to $2 million to pay the 85-year-old Schuller; his wife, Arvella; their daughter Carol Schuller Milner and her husband, Timothy Milner, for various claims. Schuller had previously arranged to be paid $350,000 in living expenses a year for the rest of his life.
He and other family members have sought some or all of that money from the bankruptcy court in unspecified “insider” claims, including copyright infringement for using his name and sermons. Carl Grumer, the attorney for the family members, said $2 million would not be enough to pay the claims.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Santa Ana
Photo: A bankruptcy judge is expected to choose a buyer for the Crystal Cathedral building on Thursday. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times