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Rev. Robert Schuller, the 86-year-old founder of the Crystal Cathedral is trying to extract several million dollars from Crystal Cathedral Ministries as he leaves the organization he founded behind. Schuller is arguing his case before a bankruptcy court over the next two weeks.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Schuller says the ministry owes his family millions for money made during their 2010 bankruptcy.
Chief Executive of the Ministry, John Charles said, "If they pay everything they are asking for, then there will be no money for the cathedral."
The cathedral building itself was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 2011 as part of an earlier bankruptcy deal. The ministry intends to continue, but at a much smaller location.
The Schuller family is demanding payment for a variety of infringement accusations and unpaid contracts.
Meanwhile, the ministry Schuller founded is fighting back against him, alleging the family has abused the ministry as a private purse, taking away millions in charitable donations from the organization. Prior to bankruptcy in 2010, Schuller and his family were paying themselves some $1.9 million per year.
The case has tied up what money the ministry has, leaving many others serving the ministry, including contractors and vendors, waiting to get paid.
The case is before a bankruptcy court and should be decided within the next two weeks.
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