A California Catholic diocese held its first service on the
location that once belonged to a Christian mega-church.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
recently celebrated its first service at the Crystal Cathedral,
with more than 1,200 Catholics gathering for a morning service and
prayer in what will now be called Christ Cathedral. Orange County
Bishop Tod D. Brown, a public policy expert, addressed the
congregation and called on Catholics to defend their religious
freedoms in light of ObamaCare, the November presidential election,
and a growing "assault" on religious freedoms.
The diocese purchased the campus from Crystal Cathedral
Ministries after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Crystal
Cathedral Ministries will stay on the location until June, when it
will move to a nearby Catholic church.
The Orange County Register reports that
plans to remodel the cathedral are expected to start next summer,
but the congregation has already brought in a large wooden cross
and other Catholic emblems to make it feel more like home.
The list of pastors willing to challenge the Internal Revenue
Service's rules for maintaining tax-exempt status is growing in
advance of Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend.