Crystal Cathedral's head pastor spoke optimistically about the future of her iconic megachurch at Sunday morning services, telling a congregation of about 400 that it was not too late to ask God to intervene and stop the church's impending sale to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, the daughter of the church's founder, offered a prayer thanking God for "intentionally delaying" a miracle, and indicated that the bankrupt church would continue to pray and wait for God to reveal His final plans.
Of couysre, maybe a third option is that she is just scared of seeing the milk cow run dry . . .
I could be kind and say Pastor Sheila is motivated by a desire to preserve the legacy of her father. But the history of avarice displayed by her and her siblings keeps me from doing so. And added to that is a possible vein of anti-Catholicism, with wealthy donors angrily threatening exhumation of loved ones from its memorial gardens. I know from personal experience that many Protestants are appalled that the Catholics are moving in, having heard their complaints. That goes back to that old canard of many evangelicals that Catholics are not Christians.
Coleman also alluded briefly to the Crystal Cathedral's need to reign in costs, saying the church realized a few years ago it could no longer afford to pay its professional choir and orchestra "nearly $1 million a year" and adapted accordingly.
"Adapted accordingly?" Vendors got stiffed . . . but the Schullers got paid.