A group of Catholic leaders from around the world toured Wednesday the future largest Catholic cathedral in the United States: Christ Cathedral.
They saw possibilities everywhere.
There’s the vast infrastructure set up to televise the world-wide “Hour of Power” television program from the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, which sold its campus in January to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in a court-ordered bankruptcy case.
The diocese is considering how it can tap into that model and possibly televise its sermons and programs.
There’s the spot where the Rev. Robert H. Schuller addressed congregants inside and outside his first Garden Grove Community Church, now the Arboretum at the Crystal Cathedral. Schuller built a balcony and installed speakers to address congregants sitting in their cars. Catholics are exploring how to incorporate new technology, perhaps with smart phones or iPads, to reach parishioners outside….
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., called it a “great opportunity for evangelization.”
“It’s mind-boggling,” said Archbishop Daniel Cronin of Connecticut.
Hank Evers, director of development and communications for the Orange Catholic Foundation, said…. “We can create here the most significant Catholic cultural center in the world outside of the Vatican.”
The religious leaders are in town to attend a convention of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic service organization. The diocese invited them to tour the campus this week.
“It’s an overwhelming structure,” Wuerl said. “Beautiful, uplifting, inspiring. The great Catholic tradition can be experienced here, made to come alive here. That opens a lot of possibilities.”
As they toured the campus, visited its buildings, listened to the pipe organ – one of the largest in the world – the visitors heard from local Catholic leaders who want to tap into their future new Cathedral to welcome back Catholics who are not affiliated as well as the millions of visitors who arrive to visit Disneyland and other attractions.
Orange County has 1.2 million Catholics and about 20 percent are affiliated with a church, said Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod Brown….
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