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Decline pegged to rivalry

The only son and one-time successor of Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral says sibling rivalry played a key role in the California megachurch's decline.

Robert A. Schuller, 57, said his older siblings took advantage of their father's signs of dementia and halted his 2006 succession to the ministry within two years. He left the church in 2008.

Schuller's parents recently resigned from the ministry they founded more than 50 years ago over financial disputes with the board.

Their daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, started a church in an Orange, Calif., movie theater and at a nearby hotel.


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