Will Katy Perry end up in this LA convent?
An unholy row has broken out in Los Angeles over the proposed sale of a convent to pop star Katy Perry, above.
According to this Los Angeles Times report, the row has erupted between Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and a bunch of elderly Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
At the center of the dispute is an argument over who has the legal right to sell the spectacular villa-style hilltop spread, which covers several acres and offers million-dollar views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains.
At least two of the last five living sisters of the Immaculate Heart insist the property is theirs, and only they can sell it.
So they did, for roughly $15.5 million, quickly signing the property over two weeks ago to local restaurateur Dana Hollister, before the archdiocese could complete its deal with Katy Perry.
Perry said she wanted to live on the property with her mother and grandmother, sit in the meditation garden, sip green tea and “find herself”.
But Hollister has already moved in, saying she might or might not try to turn the property into a boutique hotel, as rumors have it – but that would require zoning changes, and residents of the quiet neighborhood are already rallying against it.
Steve Lopez, of the Los Angeles Times,wrote:
The diocese, meanwhile, says sorry, sisters, but only Gomez can sell the property, and Perry is his choice, so Hollister better not hang any paintings just yet.
The archdiocese is completing the paperwork on the sale to Perry, who has agreed to pay about $14.5 million, all of it in cash. The mega-rich hit-producing singer reportedly got interested in the property three years ago and has been determined to make it her home.
Say a prayer that Hollister and Perry don’t end up wrestling on the steps of the convent.
Perry reportedly met with the nuns recently. She “dressed rather conservatively”, and according to two of the sisters, she sang “Oh Happy Day” for them and showed them a “Jesus” tattoo on her wrist area.
The diocese has sued Hollister, hoping to have her purchase voided, and last week a court order allowed Perry to visit the property with her architect.
One of the nuns, sister Rita Callanan, 77, above, said:
We have given many years to this archdiocese and we have served them well. For the archdiocese to … put us under a bus and run over us, I’m sorry, it was just too much for me.
The nuns knew the archbishop had lined up a buyer who was supposed to be a famous performer, but the name didn’t mean anything to the sisters, who range in age from 77 to 88.
So Sister Rita did a little research on the Internet.
Well, 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.
Decades ago, 52 Immaculate Heart sisters lived on the property, which includes the Cardinal Timothy Manning House of Prayer for Priests. But the diocese moved the last of them to other locations in 2011, against their will, according to Sister Catherine Rose.
They are still not happy about that, nor are they happy about the way they are being treated. They pooled their money and bought the property decades ago at a discount from a benefactor, and their biggest fear is that if the diocese cashes in on a sale, the sisters’ living expenses will not be covered.
The archdiocese insists that’s not the case at all, but sisters Rita and Catherine Rose don’t trust that promise.
So it’ll be left to the courts, if not the Pope, to figure it all out.