GARDEN GROVE (CBS) — If you’ve ever wanted the chance to name a church, this could be the answer to your prayers.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is taking suggestions from the public on what to rename the landmark Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.

Bishop Todd Brown said there are a few guidelines to consider before you send in your vote via the diocese website.

“My only requirement is that I’ve asked that the name be something Christological” — emphasizing the nature and person of Jesus Christ — and not related to the apostles or the Virgin Mary, Brown said.

There’s been no shortage of feedback from the public on the issue: Brown said there were already over 600 submissions in the first 24 hours since the diocese announced the campaign.

The diocese purchased the church for $57.5 million back in November in an bid that will pay off an estimated $51.7 million in debt as well as continue to fund a $300,000 annual annuity to Crystal Cathedral founder Rev. Robert H. Schuller and his wife.

Brown said Catholics in Orange County are eagerly waiting for a new name to be finalized.

“Members of the Catholic community are asking me what’s the name going to be, and I think the name will help give them identity and ownership,” he said.

Highlights from some of the suggestions already received include Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Christ Cathedral, and Cathedral of the Resurrection, Brown added.

The deadline for submitting a cathedral name is Feb. 20.

Comments (14)
  1. George Pyle says:

    Our Lady of Perpetual Windows Cleaning

  2. Dennis Egan says:

    “The chapel of sinners”, since if those without sin can throw stones they wouldn’t be safe in there.

  3. WINSTON says:


  4. dutch deWaard says:

    Holy Crystal Catholic Cathedral of Orange County

  5. Mike Malone says:

    How about the monstrosity or is that too kind?

  6. Barb says:

    A-Big-Stupid-Waste-of-Money-While-We’ll-Close-Other-Parishes-Claiming-We-Have-No-Money-To-Keep-Those-Ones-Up Church.

    Of course they don’t want the name to do with anything about Mary — they don’t want to offend the Protestants. I wonder if they’ll install kneelers…

  7. Don S. says:

    The diocese was looking for a church that was big enough to hold the crowds it had at diocesan functions, and Rev. Robert Schuller pointed out that it was the only bidder who promised to use the site as a church.
    So where does all this hate come from?

    1. Dennis Egan says:

      I Think it comes from the Catholic church’s hierarchy making unilateral BUSINESS decisions rather than any kind of consultative interaction with the laity. These days it seems like the business trumps the pastoral every time.

      1. Don S. says:

        Yeah, right; more hate, I see. Like Protestant churches and synagogues don’t make decisions at the management level.

  8. George says:

    Given the nature of the glass structure, how about Light of the World ?

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