A U.S. bankruptcy court judge in Los Angeles has rejected most of the multimillion-dollar claims lodged against the Crystal Cathedral by its founder, the Rev. Robert Schuller, and his family, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times report. The ruling Monday clears the way for creditors to begin collecting from the Garden Grove, Calif., megachurch, which filed for bankruptcy two years ago.
Judge Robert Kwan said Schuller and his family members did not provide evidence to back most of their claims, which included $5-million for breach of contract and unspecified amounts for copyright infringement. He awarded about $700,000 to the family, most of it to the Rev. Schuller, who founded the Crystal Cathedral in the 1950s and built it into a televangelism powerhouse with as many as 10,000 congregants.
The 86-year-old minister left the church in March over the financial dispute. Payments to other creditors were delayed while courts considered the Schullers' case.