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Catholic Church Names Rector for Crystal Cathedral

Fr. Christopher Smith starts his new job July 1. He'll preside over a church with no flock and, for now, no building.

Although the Crystal Cathedral won't officially turn Catholic for several years, the Diocese of Orange has appointed a rector to preside over the bishop's future home church.

Fr. Christopher Smith, who currently serves as vicar for priests in the diocese, will become rector of the planned cathedral July 1. As such, he'll preside over a church with no flock and, for now, no building.

(The after the iconic glass church fell into bankruptcy. The church will eventually be and reconfigured to serve as cathedral for the Diocese of Orange.)

Smith has served in number of roles over the past three decades, including pastor at St. Joseph Church in Santa Ana (where he launched a yearly Palm Sunday "blessing of the streets" march to counter gang violence), vicar for religious education, board member for Concern America and editorial council chairman for the diocese's monthly newsletter.

He also assists with Masses at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano.

He holds a Masters in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary and a Masters in Religious Education from Fordham University.

A spokesman for the diocese said Smith's appointment hadn't officially been announced and didn't offer any immediate comment.

Constance April 20, 2012 at 01:32 AM
This is not meant to be disrespectful in any way, but Crystal Cathedral is one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in the world. Surely,the Catholic church could come up with a more creative name than just "Diocese of Orange." PRAY ABOUT IT! Musiclady
Lyda Cooper April 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
To Constance: The "Diocese of Orange "consists of all the Catholic parishes in the county of Orange The Bishop presides over these parishes in the "Diocese"and is the "boss" to all the pastors of the parishes. To be sure the Catholic Church will give an appropriate name to the current Crystal Cathedral when the time is right to do so and it will not be called Diocese of Orange.
truth seeker April 20, 2012 at 02:19 AM
What do ya think? There is the phrase "no justice no peace". Well, this is associated with economics and political power. But should this not also include reproductive power? Do not the least developed and least powerfull in the world also have the highest birth rates? And so, if we really want a more peacefull and better world where we look towards one another in a beneficent and positive way, should we not also include this out-of-bounds thinking in the mix? Or is this somehow sacred and better left to God and man in random, individualistic and chaotic way?

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