Katy Perry has become one of the biggest pop stars on the planet since she first kissed a girl (and liked it). Perry has sold millions of records, performed at the Super Bowl, and gone on worldwide tours, garnering a massive fan base. However, there is a group of Catholics in Los Angeles who are less than pleased with the singer. This is because Katy Perry is feuding with some nuns.
The argument is over an old building that acted as the home for the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Katy Perry convent drama first began in 2013 when the pop star attempted to buy the property. The nuns launched a legal bid to try and stop the sale of the building, as they didn’t feel it was appropriate for Perry to own it.
Out of all of the bizarre facts about the superstar, the question of exactly what is happening with Katy Perry's convent is perhaps the most intriguing of them all.
2011: The Nuns Get Kicked Out Of The Convent
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles ordered out the nuns who were living in the convent in 2011. The property is located in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and stretches across a total of eight acres, making it incredibly valuable. When the nuns were told to leave their decades-long home they did so; they believed the Church wanted to sell the property to help pay for legal settlements with child abuse victims.
“We had to do what we were told,” said Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, who spearheaded the attempt to block the sale to Perry. “I think it’s because they were trying to sell our property. They had been trying for years even when we lived there. But none of us ever wanted to leave.”
2013: Katy Perry Begins Investigating The Possibility Of Buying The Convent
According to various sources, Katy Perry first began showing an interest in the convent in 2013. The estate had over 30,000 square feet in living space and has a swimming pool as well as a large garden area, making it an ideal home when its location at Los Feliz in Los Angeles was taken into account. She planned to use the building as a home for herself as well as her mother and aides.
Spring 2015: Perry Agrees To Buy The Convent For $14.5 Million
Katy Perry officially launched a bid to buy the convent in 2015. The pop star offered a total of $14.5 million, with $10 million of that being in cash. The deal could not go through immediately though, as canon law meant it would require Vatican approval. This was due to a regulation in the Catholic Church that states any sale of more than $7.5 million requires consent directly from the Pope. However, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was confident they would be able to get the necessary approval for the sale to go ahead.
May 2015: The Nuns Met With Katy Perry
Following a mediation request from Archbishop Jose Gomez, the group of five nuns met with the singer in the hopes the meeting would convince them to agree to the sale. Perry attempted to persuade them she wasn’t anti-religious and even sang “Oh Happy Day” during the meeting. Although this worked in convincing three of the nuns that the sale should go through, two of them were still vehemently opposed and left convinced they should not sell to the singer.