Amidst a legal battle over a convent real estate sale, Sister Rita Callanan says singer Katy Perry has “blood on her hands.”
In 2011, the Order of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s convent in Los Feliz was described by a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as “deteriorating.” At the time, the 5 surviving nuns of the order agreed to sell the property.
Archbishop Jose Gomez claims to have sold the property to Katy Perry for $14.5 million after receiving approval from three of the nuns. However, two nuns dissenting from the agreed to sell the property to a restauranteur for $15.5 million, unimpressed with the singer as the selection for sale.
Sister Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose Holzman claimed to have authority over the archdiocese in the sale after being evicted in 2011. The pair raised concerns over Katy Perrys’ moral character, saying they were “particularly concerned about the video The Dark Horse.”
“Our Sisters were supposed to live for the rest of our lives at our beloved Convent. But, against our will, the Archdiocese removed us to ‘monetize’ our property. Katy Perry wants it and she has no concern for the terrible path of destruction she is creating to get it.”
In 2015, a protracted legal battle began over the sale of the 30,000 square foot Spanish villa-style estate over 8 acres. Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles sued the restauranteur claiming they interfered in the sale.
In 2017, a judge ruled the nuns sale invalid and ordered damages to be paid to the Archdiocese and Perry. Sister Holzman, 89, appeared in court to issue her final plea against the singer: “To Katy Perry, please stop” – Holzman died in the courthouse later during a post judgement hearing.
Sister Callanan, now 81, said that the priest who conducted her friend’s funeral service was not the priest she had requested. When Callanan tried to speak, she was silenced by priests.
“I said, ‘Excuse me, Father, but I’ve been asked to say a few words.’ I started to talk then he said: ‘Okay, that’s enough,’ but I kept on. He then said, ‘I said, that’s enough.’ I was quiet for a minute, then thought: ‘No, I’m going to go on, Sister Rose wanted this.’ But another priest got up and went to the organ player and told him to start playing so he would drown out my words. The congregation yelled out, ‘Let her speak!'”
To Katy Perry, Sister Callanan says the singer “has blood on her hands.” Despite her failing health, she said “I intend to fight — but how long I can do that, I don’t know.”
“We asked Dana to buy our property as we didn’t want it to go to Katy Perry. Yes, we put the wheels in motion to sell our property. Was it legal? Probably not entirely. But it wasn’t legal for Katy Perry to buy it either. I really didn’t like Katy Perry. I’m sure she doesn’t like me.”