Crystal Cathedral 2I’ve blogged a couple times about problems and infighting over at the monument to evangelical Christian opulence known as the Crystal Cathedral. Along with having lost its financial luster, that edifice is also losing its founding pastor, the Rev Robert H. Schuller, as the AP reports via the Torrington Register-Citizen (WebCite cached article):

The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Southern California’s Crystal Cathedral megachurch and host of the “Hour of Power” televangelism broadcast, announced Sunday he will retire after 55 years in the pulpit and his daughter will take over.

The 83-year-old Schuller told his congregation that Sheila Schuller Coleman will become sole lead pastor, after sharing that role with her father for the past year.

Of course, this doesn’t mean the Schuller family schism has healed:

Coleman’s appointment comes two years after Schuller’s son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, split from the church during a family rift that made headlines. The younger Schuller had been groomed to take over for his father.

Robert A. Schuller is now part of Dallas-based American Life Network, a cable channel aiming to produce family-oriented programming.

Given the monstrosity he built in which to preach — and from which to broadcast his “Hour of Power” show — I hesitate to imagine what sort of obscenely palatial structure the elder Schuller will build for his retirement.

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