5 Ways the Catholic Diocese or Chapman University Can Sweeten Their Offers to Buy Crystal Cathedral

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A bankruptcy judge has said he'll make a decision Thursday on who the winning bidder is for Crystal Cathedral, Orange County's original Protestant megachurch that was completed in Garden Grove in 1980 and is now $46 million in debt.

Bidding seems to have come down to two other Orange County institutions: the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which represents 1.3 million church followers, and Chapman University of Orange, which represents 6,300 students who did not have the grades to get into a UC.

After Crystal Cathedral's board revealed it did not want to sell--but would entertain offers in the $50 million range while the ministry the Rev. Robert H. Schuller started tries to come up with enough scratch of its own to buy back the 40-acre complex--Chapman opened up bidding earlier this year at $47 million.

The Diocese countered with $50 million. The university came back with $50 million and an offer to allow Crystal Cathedral to lease space with a buyback option. The Diocese upped its bid to $53.6 million and an offer to let the Protestant ministry remain there for three years. Chapman came back with $51.5 million and an offer to let the ministry lease Crystal Cathedral, the bell tower and the cemetery for $1 a month--for 15 years. The Diocese has upped the ante twice more, to $55.4 million and now $57.5 million, with an offer to allow the ministry to take over a nearby Catholic church. It's surprising no one included a new pony.

As we await a final decision from the judge, here are 5 things the Schullers could also be offered (besides a new pony) to seal a deal:

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All the grapes in first class.

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Bishop of Orange Tod D. Brown could throw in his personal chef, who really was plucked from the shi-shi Five Crowns in Corona del Mar.

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frederico
frederico

Are we still going to have to deal with all those jay-walking employees from UCI Medical Center? Where is the Orange PD when they've got easy tickets to issue?

Quit your day job
Quit your day job

I Google-searched news for the Crystal Cathedral sale, anticipating a solid article to catch me up to speed, but this hack-editorial was offered instead of say, legitimate journalism.  It's no wonder Matt Coker is writing for the OC Weekly, which is, as artfully articulated in the Thomas Pedersen post, a trash weekly so glut with ads, it's hard to tell which section is article and which section is advertisement.

Thomas Pedersen
Thomas Pedersen

"...Chapman University of Orange, which represents 6,300 students who did not have the grades to get into a UC."?!  Harsh words from a writer who didn't have the talent to find work other than a free weekly dependent on classified ads for escorts and primarily used as ass wipe for the homeless.  collegestats.org shows higher SAT scores for Chapman students than UC Irvine students and higher percentage of Chapman students on financial aid than UC Irvine.

Thomas Pedersen
Thomas Pedersen

"...Chapman University of Orange, which represents 6,300 students who did not have the grades to get into a UC."?!  Harsh words from a writer who didn't have the talent to find work other than a free weekly dependent on classified ads for escorts and primarily used as ass wipe for the homeless.  collegestats.org shows higher SAT scores for Chapman students than UC Irvine students and higher percentage of Chapman students on financial aid than UC Irvine.    

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