Vatican City––According to the Vatican press office this week, tentative plans are being discussed with regards to a potential move of Orange County Diocese’s newly acquired Crystal Cathedral to Rome. The Cathedral was the home of the Reformed Church in America until it was bought out in 2010 by the Diocese of Orange. One Vatican official who asked to remain anonymous said Wednesday that a handful of Cardinals have proposed to offset the cost of the unprecedented move by the sale of an undisclosed church in Rome. No details have been revealed as to which churches in the Roman diocese are being considered, but some analysts believe that with the pope’s deep devotion and appreciation for glass made cathedrals, that the sale of the Sistine Chapel is not out of the question. Other questions being discussed at the time are whether the Crystal Cathedral can comfortably fit in what woud be its new location between the arms of the Bernini Columns in St. Peter’s Square, and whether the Cathedral would in fact take over St. John Lateran as the new ecclesial seat of the bishop of Rome.
Original post date: 9/19/2012