It appears the final chapter has been written in the bitter
court battle between a famed California evangelist and the ministry
Crystal Cathedral founder Rev. Robert H. Schuller lost most of
his claims against the Crystal Cathedral Ministries in U.S.
Bankruptcy Court. The Orange County Register reports that
Judge Robert Kwan ruled that Schuller, his wife and his family did
not have evidence to back their claims. Instead, Kwan handed
Schuller $615,625, but did not reward Schuller's wife with any
amount. Schuller sought over $5 million in claims, along with
claims for copyright infringements.
The ruling on Monday was a victory for Crystal Cathedral
Ministries and creditors who have yet to be paid for their services
to the church. An attorney for the creditors told the
Register that the ruling gives the church the opportunity
to finally write thousands of checks to creditors that have been
waiting to be paid since 2010.
Schuller, his wife, daughter and son-in-law now join creditors
in seeking some of the $17 million for disbursement. Creditors say
they are owed roughly $14 million. After the funds are made to
creditors and to the Schullers, whatever is left will be handed to
Crystal Cathedral Ministries.
Associated Press reports that the daughter, Carol
Schuller Milner, says her parents -- now in their 80s -- gave much
of their wealth to support the ministry and may now have to sell
Illinois voters will be the judge when it comes to whether one
particular member of the bench keeps his position.