Robert A. Schuller, 57, the son of the Crystal Cathedral founder, Robert H. Schuller, 85, has reported that his father has been suffering from both memory loss as well as dementia for about 10 years, which might have explained his reason for stepping down as head pastor of the church some years back. In 1991, the elder Robert Schuller suffered a life threatening head injury after he bumped his head on a car door in Europe on a speaking tour. The elder Schuller required emergency surgery to remove blood on the brain. It is not immediately known whether this old head injury is now playing a role in the claimed brain problems of the senior Robert Schuller or not.
Also, according to the younger Robert Schuller, “sibling rivalry” played the major role in the decline and fall of the Crystal Cathedral, where his sisters and brothers-in-law, didn’t want to be “accountable” to him and seized power in their own self interest for their own job security, only creating financial management problems for the church that once boasted a TV audience of about 25 million worldwide. Now, no member of the Schuller family is in control of the church board and the church itself has been sold the Catholic Church in Orange California after the ministry went through bankruptcy.
The elder Robert Schuller always had a very kind expression for his son, claiming that rather than him being just a “chip off the old block”, he was a “chunk”. But, other reports claim that the elder Schuller was unhappy at the more Evangelistic views of his son, while the elder Schuller sought to keep the church’s message much more secular and psychology based. Religious community critics of the church long condemned the church for being a “rich man’s church” and preaching a “Prosperity Gospel”.