, Newburyport, MA


October 24, 2013

Between a huff and a puff

As you might be aware, I insert an essay on the goings-on in California from time to time because of their bizarre attitude about life, even death. A friend has kept us up to date on the long-lasting debacle involving the purchase of Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, an outcome of the bankruptcy proceedings the past several years.

The three little pigs had a ball keeping their domicile free from the terror attacks of the big bad wolf compared to the diocese action to remove 1,800 “Walk of Faith” granite stones surrounding the church grounds. Schuller had asked donors over the years to pay $2,500-$3,000 for Bible-inscribed stones which, he said, would remain at the cathedral “for centuries to come.” But, as they say, time has come and now is gone! The Catholic Church stated they are “like a new home owner” and as such can do with “their” property whatever they want, like removing the stones.

It’s not as if it’s a wanton attack on another Christian religion either because the diocese is planning to provide, at their expense, digital images of donor stones on a website so that donors can view their stones “forever and at no cost to them.” Unfortunately, the good graces of the Catholic Church have run afoul of an 88-year-old widow who is heartbroken about two stones she purchased in memory of her dead husband and son. The Orange County Register pulled no punches in reporting her anguish. “I don’t want their friggin digital picture, I have no computer and wouldn’t know how to work one,” she said. The widow did acknowledge (the good news) she was thankful that Catholics got the rights to the church, but now tearfully (the bad news), “I just hate them.”

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