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Catholic diocese offers $50 million for Crystal Cathedral

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 24, 2011 | 8:01 pm

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which emerged as a late potential bidder for the very not-Catholic Crystal Cathedral, has upped its bid to $50 million. The Los Angeles Times talks with Alan Martin, a diocesan attorney, and reports:

The cash proposal by the Catholic Church would allow creditors to be paid back in full before the end of the year and would preserve the cathedral’s cemetery.

“We think it would be as quick as a resolution as possible,” Martin said.

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The diocese said it would work with the cathedral to find an “acceptable alternative worship space,” possibly another Garden Grove diocese venue, upon expiration or early termination of its lease. It also would renovate portions of the cathedral to bring it in line with worship practices.

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