Nun Asks Pope to Intervene in Sale of Convent

A nun who takes exception to the purchase of a former convent has written Pope Francis and asked him to intervene. The buyer who wants to close on the property is pop icon Katy Perry. Sister Rita Callahan is now 80 years old. She maintains that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles wrongly entered into a contract to sell the convent to Perry. It sits on eight acres of land in the Los Feliz area. A purchase price of $14.5 million has been agreed upon, but the Vatican must approve the deal before it can close.

Sister Rita alleges that Archbishop Gomez of the Los Angeles archdiocese “tried to sell our convent to a person whom we do not support.” She went on to state that the remaining nuns in her order “do not agree with her lifestyle that has strayed far from any faith.” Perry maintains that she wants to live on the property with her mother and grandmother.

Callahan, who seeks a meeting with Pope Francis, related that the nuns were promised by Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles “that we would always be taken care of by the archdiocese and we would live out the rest of our lives at the convent.” She wrote further that Archbishop Gomez broke that promise. A spokesperson for the archdiocese told Fox News that the archdiocese denied any broken promises to the five remaining nuns who lived on the property. It has been vacant since 2011 “because it became too costly for the five remaining sisters to maintain and no longer accommodated their physical needs.” Callahan has asked Pope Francis to speak with the Signatora which is “like the U.S. Supreme Court” at the Vatican.

A lower court judge in Los Angeles County has already ruled that the archdiocese has authority to sell the property. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, who was 89-years-old at the time, collapsed and died at a hearing last month in connection with the case. Callahan wants the property to be sold to a specific developer, trusting that the developer would honor the spirit of the order’s former h

 

 

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