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Crystal Cathedral (captioned photo)

A prominent house of worship in Southern California was flipped — from a towering glass megachurch of a flamboyant televangelist to the new seat of the seventh-largest Roman Catholic Church diocese in the United States.

The landmark, originally named the Crystal Cathedral, hosted its first Mass in July 2019 Wednesday following a $77 million renovation by the Diocese of Orange. It’s been closed during the plague.

It had served for many years as the backdrop of the “Hour of Power,” which was once the most popular religious television program in the nation. The show’s star was the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who started his evangelical empire at a converted drive-in movie theater and referred to the 78,000-square-foot cathedral as a “shopping center for God.” His ministry later went bankrupt.

Rev. Robert H. Schuller,

I have attended two weddings there. I have no idea what they cost the happy couples (and their parents), but both were well off. Neither wedding survived five years. The sermonette has nothing to do with the grandeur of the location of a wedding having anything to do with its longevity.

Maybe it’s that, “all glory is fleeting.” Rev. Robert H. Schuller was viewed by Orange County and federal law enforcement, that investigated his embezzlements from the “take” or the “plate”, as a crook.

You can’t serve God and mammon. (Cash)

There may be some who exclaim, “But Schuller was never convicted!” That’s true. There is a difference between a thousand allegations, and proof beyond reasonable doubt to a moral certainty.

Just because there is a curtain covering the window of the whorehouse, doesn’t mean that you don’t know what’s going on inside.


Miracle: Government Feeds Five People With Just 2.3 Trillion Loaves And Fishes

(The Bee) WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a stunning miracle, congresspeople just emerged from negotiations over 2.3 trillion loaves and fishes, somehow turning the trillions of morsels of food into enough meals for just five people.

An exhausted Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held up the small basket so crowds of unemployed citizens could witness perhaps the most historic event in the history of mankind, in which countless loaves and fishes given by those same citizens were magically transformed into, like, four or five measly meals.

“This is significant,” noted a sweating Pelosi, surely weary after working nearly 40 hours per week for what must have felt like three weeks. “You won’t find anyone in history who could pull off such a biblical feat.” The representative from the utopian state of California then pulled from the basket a coupon for $5 off at Applebee’s and held it aloft before the jobless masses.

The legislators then negotiated with multiple government administrations to oversee the distribution of the basket through the crowd standing directly in front of them. Distribution of the food cost billions, according to official reports.

The lone recipients of the divine intervention—a family of five—tearfully praised their democratic representatives for taking a mere seven months to perform such a miracle. “I don’t know what to do with all of this food,” said the husband. “The government has provided my family with enough to last, I don’t know, maybe two days. Praise heavens!”

His wife, overcome with joy, added, “Wow, whichever economic theory advocating that the means of production, distribution, and exchange be owned or regulated by the community as a whole, which inevitably cedes all powers and freedoms to a bloated, inefficient, and corrupt centralized government, works way better than the dumb system in which a government allows for citizens to take control of their own lives through private ownership, personal responsibility, and providing honestly for their families.”

“Our work here is done,” said Senator McConnell as a soft glow surrounded his countenance. “Now we must go to our place of rest for a time until the needy of this country call for us again. Farewell!” The senator and other legislators were then taken up into the heavens by private jets to far off vacation destinations.


36 thoughts on “Sunday Sermonette

  1. Hmmm, $77M sure would have done a lot for the poor in LA … but I’m sure Pope Fascist is totally cool with that.

    1. While I agree with you, the snarky side of me says that all of the champagne socialists in Hollywood should invite their beloved homeless brothers and sisters into their mansions. It goes double for politicians and big tech executives.

      1. The film “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” comes to mind.

        A documentary for our times.

        1. So is “Falling Down” with Michael Douglas.

          Advertised as a ‘dark’ comedy. I watched it and thought it was a documentary.

          1. Oh, it’s a documentary.

            I was in California last week (land of take out). I went to a place I traditionally liked and ordered take-out. It looked like “falling down food”. I didn’t take a hostage, but I reflected on the movie, the food, and my options.

    1. And the dumbass couldn’t even get the tenses right, unless all the A-men were willing to run a train on A-woman.

      The stupidity, well, if I had a flammenwerfer, it WOULD BURN!

  2. We visited the Crystal Cathedral and I found it quite a feat of architecture. The Catholics spent 77 mil to completely ruin the place. But, what the hey, they also did wreckovation in just about 100% of our beautiful churches after Vatican II. Thank the good Lord I now have a lovely and traditional Catholic Church just spitting distance from my house. I can stand on my front deck and look across the field and see it, and if need be, it’s a comfortable 5-10 minute walk.

    I also liked listening to Schuller back in the day. Who wouldn’t like to be told they too could be rich? I’ve since come to my senses.

    Have a nice Sunday, LL

    1. Do you remember Reverend Ike, black TV preacher? The Crystal Cathedral crowd stole his mojo…”pie in the sky, by and by when you die”, etc.

      1. Oh, yeah. Mr. “You can’t lose with the stuff I use!” The prosperity gospel is very seductive. Don’t tell anyone (PLEASE), but I can remember sitting on the floor with my poster board, scissors, glue, and magazines making a “treasure map.” Dear Lord, I’m glad I quit drinking. Remember, our secret!

  3. Though often very beautiful, Cathedrals are monuments to men not God.
    A closer walk with thee, preferably outdoors works for me…

  4. My first wife and I went there once for the Christmas Extravaganza they held every year. Flying Angels! REAL Camels! A Cast of THOUSANDS!

    It wasn’t a church, it was “A Disney Christmas” display.

    Reminded me of Conspicuous Consumption, which I guess is being replaced by Stealth Wealth these days….

    1. He did put on impressive pageants. He used the Disney people (down the road) to help with some of the details. It was a big money production.

    1. The American government has NO credibility with me. What there was of it is circling the drain.

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