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Los Angeles Nuns Don't Want Katy Perry to Buy Convent

By    |   Tuesday, 30 June 2015 04:43 PM

Two Los Angeles-area nuns are trying to keep pop singer Katy Perry from taking up residence at their former convent.

The fight is really over who has the right to sell the convent located in Los Feliz — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez or the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, The Los Angeles Times reported.

There are five remaining living sisters who used to reside there, and two have already sold the convent to restauranteur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million about two weeks ago. She has since begun moving in.

The sisters say that they went in together and bought the property from a benefactor decades ago at a discount. But the diocese says that only Gomez is legally able to sell the convent, and he would like to sell it to Perry for $14.5 million. The paperwork to complete the sale is in the process of being completed.

The archdiocese is now suing to keep Hollister from having the convent.

"Unfortunately, the archdiocese had to take civil action to protect against the unauthorized action by Ms. Hollister, which was undertaken after the preferred transaction had been accepted with the Sisters," the archdiocese said in a statement, Radio.com is reporting.

Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose told the Times that they met with Gomez a while ago to make their case for why they had a right to sell the property, and that by the time the conversation was over, the archbishop seemed worn out by the matter, and told them they could do what they wanted with the property.

Attorney Michael Hennigan spoke to the Times on behalf of Gomez. He said that the other three nuns signed a declaration saying that Gomez could sell the property. However, Sisters Catharine and Rita claim that they might have been coerced into signing the document.

Hennigan also said that the Vatican gave a Cardinal Roger Mahony appointee at the Pontifical Commissary the legal authority to make decisions about the convent, not the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart.

To learn more about Perry, the nuns say they perused some of her music videos and watched her Super Bowl halftime performance and were not pleased with what they saw.

"I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and ... if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it," Sister Rita told the Times.

In an effort to win the nuns' approval, Perry met with Sisters Catharine and Rita and sang a gospel song for them. The pop singer told them that she plans to live there with her mother and grandmother, sit in the meditation garden, sip green tea and find herself.

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