Crystal Cathedral sees risky future without church

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 18 at 7:06 PM

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — Leaders of Southern California's Crystal Cathedral are vowing to carry on in a new location, after a federal judge approved the sale of the glimmering landmark to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

But the ministry's financial expert says the future is uncertain once the congregation loses its famed glass spired church.

Churchgoers said Friday they worry the sale of the church to the diocese could mark the end of a ministry that evolved into a televangelist empire before seeking bankruptcy protection last year.

Some worshippers say they won't move to a new location once the Catholic church takes over. And they say they doubt viewers of the "Hour of Power" broadcast will continue with donations that comprise 70 percent of the church's revenue.

But senior pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman says the ministry will survive because it is made up of people, not a building.

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