- A nun who fought Katy Perry’s purchase of a Los Angeles convent isn’t giving up on the feud.
- Sister Rita Callanan said Perry had “blood on her hands” after the battle for the property, which began in 2015.
- This marks the latest in the nuns’ clash with Perry, who reportedly once tried to woo them for the sale by showing off a Jesus tattoo on her wrist.
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The last living nun of the convent who fought Katy Perry’s purchase of a Los Angeles property isn’t giving up on the feud.
Sister Rita Callanan, 81, told the New York Post that the singer “has blood on her hands” after the lengthy legal battle over the former home of Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Los Angeles.
The home is back on the market after years of legal troubles and more than a year after the 89-year-old Sister Catherine Rose Holzman died in March 2018 while in court battling Perry’s lawyers.
Holzman pleaded to KTTV for the singer to back off the sale hours before she died, saying: “To Katy Perry, please stop.”
“It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people,” Holzman said as she entered the courthouse with Callanan.
The nuns took aim at Perry after a tangle of ownership issues and their personal disapproval of the singer.
On her mission to woo the nuns into accepting the sale, Perry reportedly sang “Oh Happy Day” for them at a meeting regarding the sale and showed them a Jesus tattoo on her wrist.
It apparently didn’t do the trick, as Holzman wrote to an archdiocese official that if they sold to Perry, they would feel they “are being forced to violate our canonical vows to the Catholic Church.”
She went further in a 2015 Billboard interview, saying, “Katy Perry represents everything we don’t believe in” and “it would be a sin to sell to her.”
In 2015, Perry ended up buying the convent for $14.5 million in cash from the Los Angeles archdiocese. The nuns contended that this was a wrongful sale because they purchased the property with their own money in 1972.
After they were reportedly forced to relocate in 2011, they approved a sale to the businesswoman Dana Hollister in 2015. The archdiocese objected to the sale, and in 2016 a judge declared the transaction invalid, and Perry and the archdiocese were awarded damages of more than $15 million.
“I really didn’t like Katy Perry,” Callanan told the Post. “I’m sure she doesn’t like me.”
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