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Katy Perry, Two Nuns and The Archdiocese: A LA Real Estate Tale

LOS FELIZ, CA - JUNE 25: Sister Catherine Rose (L) and Sister Rita Callanan (77) stand outside the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat House on June 25, 2015 in in Los Feliz, California. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart recently sold their property to restaurateur Dana Hollister, but the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has argued that only they have the authority to sell the property, and plan to sell it to singer Katy Perry. (Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via)

The nuns in front of Katy Perry’s future house?

 

This is happening right in my backyard! I have checked the address on Google map and this propriety is exactly located at 1.3 miles form my house, which practically equals to nothing in terms of Los Angeles distances. Katy Perry is trying to become my neighbor by moving into a convent, and that just feels alright for a the daughter of evangelical Christian ministers. Built in 1927, the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent is a beautiful 8-acre estate located in the Los Feliz hills, combining Medieval, Gothic, Spanish and Tudor elements…and why do I feel the need to share this story? There are probably tons of famous people living in these hills, but this transaction is a tumultuous one with Katy right in the middle of it.

Katy had plans to purchase the property from Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez months ago, but two nuns who were once living there had a different idea, they had already sold it to a local restaurateur Dana Hollister, who wanted to turn the place into a hotel. Hollister had already taken over the propriety during the summer but the archbishop opposed to the sale…. and two days ago, the real estate battle between the nuns, and the Archdiocese of LA finally ended by a judge declaring victory for Perry as it was announced by the LA Times.

I can’t understand why the nuns thought they had the right to sell the propriety to Hollister for $15.5 million while the archdiocese stopped the sale, contending that the church had jurisdiction and that the nuns’ sale was unauthorized… buy there are also several twists  into the story. First, let’s face it, the nuns did not like Katy very much:

‘Katy Perry represents everything we don’t believe in,’ said sister Dana Holzman to Billboard. ‘It would be a sin to sell to her.’ Holzman had never heard of the pop star before, and who could blame her, but the nuns got very upset when they learnt the church was planning to sell the propriety to the singer behind their back. They did some basic Google search and horror! They watch a video interview in which Katy ‘joked that she had found success as a secular artist because ‘I sold my soul to the devil.’’ This didn’t sit well with the sisters: ‘Even mentioning that she would sell her soul to Satan is against our principles and beliefs. In selling to Katy Perry, we feel we are being forced to violate our canonical vows to the Catholic Church,’ wrote Holzman.

The story didn’t stopped there, Perry met with the nuns last year, she showed them her Jesus tattoo, sang a gospel song ‘Oh Happy Day,” reading the lyrics off her iPhone (I kid you not) and the nuns found her nice. However they were still in disagreement with the sale because the archdiocese never paid for maintenance of the propriety, ‘They never took care of us. The truth is that the church hasn’t given us a dime ever for this house,’ explained Holzman finding another good reason to resist.

The place has also a dark side as it was used by the church during the awful days of the child molestation scandals… a few priests accused of molestation found shelter in this convent. In 2007, the Archdiocese reached a $660 million settlement with more than 500 alleged clergy-abuse victims, and still owes a lot, so the sisters believe the church wants to cash in from the propriety to pay the settlement

Perry has won a battle but the fight is not over as these nuns are really stubborn and John Scholnick, an attorney representing the two nuns, said that he’s considering an appeal on behalf of his clients.

Basically this story is a fight between the nuns and the LA archdiocese and the outcome will decide if Katy can become my neighbor or not! Will Katy Perry’s sin money pay for the sins of the church? Time will tell.

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