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Friday, December 2, 2011

Diocese gets blessing from Vatican to buy Crystal Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange received the necessary approval this week from the Vatican to proceed with its purchase of the Crystal Cathedral at $57.5 million, officials said Wednesday.

The Pope’s approval, which came on Monday, is the last hurdle the diocese had to clear before sealing the deal, said Monsignor Douglas Cook, the diocese’s Canon Law expert and rector of Holy Family Cathedral in Orange.

The Vatican’s order giving its blessing to the diocese is known as a “nihil obstat” in Latin, which means “nothing stands in the way.”

Now the Catholic Church will ultimately occupy another elaborate and grandiose edifice, paid for with money that could better be spent on aid to the poor and oppressed. The Roman Catholic Church has the longest-standing "edifice complex" in the history of religion.

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