A few years ago, the convent was being sold by Sister Holzman and another member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart to Hollister; however, at the same time the Archdiocese of L.A., which claimed it had the actual right to sell the property (and not the Sisters), was working on its own sale to Perry for $14.5 million. A legal battle involving Katy Perry and a group of nuns is like the premise for a Sick Sad World bit from Daria (shout out to my 90's boys out there) and has now at least in part been linked to one nun's death.
Sister Catherine Rose and Sister Rita Callanan said they were uncomfortable handing the convent and its eight surrounding acres over to the star, whose sometimes provocative hits include I Kissed A Girl and Ur So Gay. In 2015, they tried to sell the property for $15.5 million to restaurant owner Dana Hollister, who planned to turn the convent into a boutique hotel. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", she said. However, in 2016 a judge ruled that sale was invalid.
Shortly before the 89-year-old nun collapsed in the courtroom, she stated, "We asked (Hollister) to save us, to buy the property". However, when Perry expressed an interest in the property and got involved, a legal squabble ensued.
A jury agreed with Katy Perry and the Catholic Church that Hollister had acted with malice, and awarded them $10 million.
'We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones, ' he added.
In December of 2017 another judge sided with Perry, and ordered Hollister to pay Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles almost $10 million in damages.
Another of the nun's concerns is with the singer herself.
Prior to all the court proceedings, Perry met with Sister Callanan and Sister Holzman by invitation of Archbishop José at the convent and sung "Oh Happy Day" to them.
She told Fox 11 Los Angeles: "To Katy Perry, please stop".