Katy Perry should be ashamed of herself for driving a nun with breast cancer into bankruptcy.
An 80-year-old cancer-stricken nun says that her legal battle with Katy Perry has left her so broke that she doesn’t know where her next meal will come from. All because Perry who can afford to live anywhere decided she had to have the nuns convent.
As one of the few remaining sisters alive, who belong to the historic Order of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Los Angeles, Sister Rita Callanan’s future was secure. Their historic convent sits in the uber trendy Los Angeles suburb of Los Feliz and is today worth in excess of £10 million.
That is until Katy Perry came along. The 32-year-old singer tried to buy it without the nuns’ permission. She agreed a deal with the Royal Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles (RCA), headed by Archbishop Jose Gomez, who claims the convent is under its ownership and sold it to Perry for £10 million in July 2015, The Daily Mail reported.
You read that right – the holy Archbishop claimed the property was his and made a deal with Perry behind the nuns back.
Katy Perry wants to purchase an historic convent in Los Angeles worth £10m (pictured), which is owned by historic Order of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Callanan said the fight over the abandoned convent, which she and her late companion Sister Catherine Rose Holzman attempted to sell to a restaurant owner, has left her with nothing.
Holzman collapsed and died during a court appearance regarding the case on March 9.advertisement - story continues below
Callanan spoke to the Daily Mail, revealing that her bank account balance is zero and she’s suffering from breast cancer, and is unsure how she will pay for her next round of treatment.
Sister Rose Catherine Holzman, 86, (left) and Sister Rita Callanan, 78, (right) were locked in a battle over who has the right to sell the historic convent where they once lived. Sister Holzman collapsed and died in court last Friday after telling the star to back off leaving Sister Callanan
NY Daily News reports:
The legal battle with Perry, who reached a deal with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to buy the property, has been raging on since 2015.advertisement - story continues below
It was taken to court because Perry and the Archdiocese agreed it was not the sisters’ property to sell — but Callanan thinks differently. She told The Mailthat it’s been the Order’s property for 45 years and they had the right to sell it to Dana Hollister, the restaurant owner.
“All we are asking is to sell our own property, keep our own money so we can take care of ourselves until the last person dies, then the money and property can go to the archbishop,” she told The Daily Mail. “There’s not many more years, give me a break. He’s supposed to be a chief shepherd.”
She claims the archbishop sent them each to retirement homes, one-by-one, and their bank accounts were closed — she had more than $200,000 in her account.
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“All these years of my religious life, I would never have expected to be fighting an archbishop to keep our own property and money, so we can care for ourselves,” she continued. “We don’t want the archbishop handling our money.”
Callanan, who also suffers from diabetes, says the Royal Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles pays her monthly rent for a tiny convent attached to St. Bernadette Catholic Church in L.A., but claims they have been lagging on payments to her health insurance and she recently received a notice of cancellation. She had to borrow money from a friend so it would not lapse.
“I have health issues, I have diabetes and breast cancer. They don’t pay some of the bills on time, I said when it comes to this sort of insurance, you have to pay it,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m covered, I’m supposed to be, that’s all I know. Sister Catherine Rose had an unpaid medicine bill for £500, then she made out a check to the pharmacy and it bounced. It’s horrible.”
The Archdiocese of L.A. did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.
In December, a jury awarded $15 million to Perry and the Archdiocese of L.A., claiming the nuns had no authority to sell the property to Hollister.
Perry was awarded $5 million, while the archdiocese – who has no legal ownership of the property, received $10 million.
Sister Rose Catherine Holzman died in court while begging Perry to stop. Sister Rita Callanan has been left bankrupt, begging for assistance so she can eat.
Katy Perry, who can afford to live anywhere in world – is to blame.
The legal battle has been raging on since 2015. She still needs approval from the Vatican to complete the sale.
This is the nuns story.