Los Angeles, CA -- The founder of California's Crystal Cathedral, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, has asserted in a federal bankruptcy court that he never gave up ownership of his books and other teachings even though the ministry used them freely, including on the Internet.
The 86-year-old Schuller testified in Los Angeles to support claims that Crystal Cathedral Ministries owes him and various family members more than $5 million following its financial collapse. The ministry filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010, citing $50 million in debts.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange bought the soaring, glass-paned cathedral in bankruptcy proceedings last year.
The Orange County Register reports that Schuller at times appeared confused or gave answers that appeared to contradict previous sworn statements. He also said he was chairman of the board of directors for Crystal Cathedral Ministries when, in fact, he and his wife severed all connection with the church earlier this year.