Father-Son Split Threatens Crystal Cathedral

GARDEN GROVE, California (AP) - Once one of the most popular
televangelists in the U.S., the Rev. Robert H. Schuller is watching
his life's work crumble.

His son and recent successor, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, resigned two months ago as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, which is home to the "Hour of Power" TV broadcast. The interim senior pastor, Rev. Juan Carlos Ortiz, hopes to appoint a senior pastor with no ties to the Schuller family within two years.

The Southern California church is also in financial turmoil. According to a recent letter from the elder Schuller to elite donors, revenue dropped by nearly $5 million last year. In the letter, he hinted that the "Hour of Power" might go off the air without their support.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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