Tuesday 12 December 2017

Selling our convent to Katy Perry would be wrong: nuns

Katy Perry
Katy Perry

Nick Allen

Elderly nuns have stepped up a fight to stop Katy Perry buying their convent near Hollywood, telling a court that the proposed sale would violate their vows.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman (86) and Sister Rita Callanan (77) of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, accused the Archbishop of Los Angeles, who wants to push through the sale, of carrying out a "hostile takeover".

It was the latest salvo in a legal battle over the future of Waverly, the order's home located on a hilltop with views over Hollywood.

Last year, a buyer called Katherine Hudson offered $14.5m (€13.4m) for the eight-acre estate.

The nuns discovered that this was the real name of Perry, the multi-millionaire pop singer. The performer's penchant for skimpy stage outfits did not sit well with the owners, "for what should be obvious reasons", according to the court filings by Sister Catherine Rose and Sister Rita.

Instead, they sold the property to Dana Hollister, a local restaurateur, for a higher price of $15.5m. The bid by Perry (pictured below) was a cash offer.

Jose Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, weighed in by saying the nuns were unable to make the sale as they were under the ultimate authority of the church. On June 19, the archbishop sued Miss Hollister to prevent the sale and to remove her from the property.

Documents submitted by the nuns have revealed the full fallout with the archdiocese over the affair. They accused Archbishop Gomez of acting as if he were "above the rules and immune from the obligations of civil law".

In an email to the archdiocese on May 22, Sister Catherine Rose said: "In selling to Katy Perry, we feel we are being forced to violate our canonical vows to the Catholic Church." (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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