Crystal Cathedral founder seeks $5M from church

Associated Press Modified: November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012

Another dispute is over the books, videos and other materials Schuller authored and considers his intellectual property. In court papers, the 86-year-old Schuller says that he never would have agreed to the sale of his materials by the church on the Internet if he understood what the Internet was.

Critics allege the Schullers abused their leadership position in the church to live a lavish lifestyle with money intended for the ministry.

The "Hour of Power" televangelist program at one point had 20 million viewers worldwide and the Crystal Cathedral where the show was filmed before a live congregation became a religious landmark for Schuller devotees.

From 1993 to 2010, four family members received compensation of nearly $13 million, according to the Los Angeles Times ( ).

When the ministry filed for bankruptcy, 20 family members were being paid a total of more than $1.9 million a year, the newspaper reported, based on court filings.