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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Crystal Cathedral captures the American Catholic story
The former Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, California, which now belongs to the Diocese of Orange and has been rechristened "Christ Cathedral." 
(Credit: Image from Wikipedia commons.) 

The U.S is traditionally a Protestant, even Calvinist, culture, and as a result, Catholics have been compelled to make their peace with the Christian “other” from the very beginning. It’s no accident that the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, now a global observance, began in the U.S. in 1908 with the Graymoor Friars, led by a Catholic convert from the Episcopal Church.

Christ Cathedral is not only ecumenical in the sense that it was built by a Protestant preacher and televangelist, architecturally reflecting a Protestant sensibility, but also because there’s a graveyard on the grounds containing the remains of members of Schuller’s congregation.

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