“They’ll have to kill me first”

Nun opposing Katy Perry's purchase of LA convent appeals to Pope Francis

A nun fighting Katy Perry's purchase of a former convent is fired up and reaching out to a higher authority -- Pope Francis himself -- to intervene in the case that has brought the “Roar” singer a rash of negative publicity. “They’ll have to kill me first if they want to keep me quiet,” Sister Rita Callanan, 80, told Fox News this week, referring to the Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

Nun dies during court hearing over disputed sale of Los Angeles convent

Archbishop José Gomez offers condolences on death of Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, one of two sisters who opposed sale of Los Feliz convent to Katy Perry

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, IHM, one of the five remaining members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary community, died suddenly on March 9 at the age of 89.   Sister Catherine Rose had recently been involved in litigation surrounding the community’s Los Feliz property, which has been vacant since 2011 because it became too costly for the retired sisters to maintain and no … [Read more...]

Jury awards Katy Perry and Los Angeles archdiocese $5 million in convent lawsuit

In dispute over former Los Feliz convent, archdiocese gets $3.47 million in attorney fees, Perry's company awarded $1.57 million in fees ; jury to decide on punitive damages, if any, later

A Los Angeles jury Friday found that restaurant owner Dana Hollister intentionally interfered with singer Katy Perry's attempts to purchase a former convent from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Perry's drawn-out legal fight to buy the Los Feliz property was partly settled earlier this year when a judge ruled that the right to sell the property lay with the … [Read more...]

Katy Perry wins court battle with nuns

Judge clears way for former convent to go to the singer; meanwhile, Perry takes selfie with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards

A Los Angeles judge has once again paved the way for Katy Perry to buy her dream home — a nun’s convent. Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled Wednesday that the California Institute of the Sisters, controlled by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, has clear title to the property and so is free to complete the sale to Perry, who had been competing with local restaurateur Dana … [Read more...]

LA nuns lose in court

Pop star Katy Perry one step closer to buying Los Feliz convent

The following comes from an April 13 LA Times article by Marisa Gerber: In a victory for Katy Perry, a Los Angeles judge announced Wednesday that she intends to block an effort by nuns to sell a Los Feliz convent to a competing buyer. The decision marks another major twist in the fierce real estate fight among a pair of nuns, Perry, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a … [Read more...]

Convent sale ruled invalid

Archdiocesan property may go pop star Katy Perry

The following comes from a July 31 Angelus article by Maria Luisa Torres: Los Angeles County Superior Court James Chalfant ruled July 30 that the contested sale of the former convent of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters to restaurateur and urban developer Dana Hollister is invalid. The judge also confirmed that the eight-acre, villa-style hilltop property located in … [Read more...]

The Hollywood nuns and Katy Perry

Sisters fight plan to sell convent to superstar

The following comes from a June 29 Los Angeles Times article by Steve Lopez: Here's a line I never thought I'd have the pleasure of writing: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is sparring with elderly Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary over the pending sale of the nuns' former convent in Los Feliz to international superstar singer Katy Perry. At the center of the … [Read more...]