Here’s a line I never thought I ‘d have the enjoyment of writing:
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is sparring with senior Siblings of the Spotless Heart of Mary over the pending sale of the nuns’ previous convent in Los Feliz to worldwide superstar singer
At the center of the conflict is an argument over who has the legal right to offer the magnificent villa-style hill spread, which covers a number of acres and provides million-dollar views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. Legal briefs were flying Friday night as I composed this.At least
two of the last five living sis of the Immaculate Heart insist the home is theirs, and only they can offer it. So they did, for approximately $15.5 million, rapidly signing the property over two weeks ago to regional restaurateur Dana Hollister, prior to the archdiocese could finish its handle Katy Perry.Hollister, who has already relocated
, informed me she may or might not aim to turn the home into a store hotel, as rumors have it– however that would need zoning modifications, and homeowners of the peaceful area are already rallying versus it.The diocese, meanwhile, says sorry, siblings, however only Gomez can offer the
home, and Perry is his choice, so Hollister much better not hang any paintings just yet.The archdiocese is finishing the documentation on the sale to Perry, who has actually consented to pay about$14.5 million, all of it in cash. The mega-rich hit-producing vocalist reportedly got interested in the residential or commercial property three years back and has actually been figured out to make it her home.Say a prayer that Hollister and Perry don’t wind up wrestling on the steps of the convent.Perry seems to have actually given her all in pursuing the residential or commercial property,
and aimed to make a good impression on the nuns at a recent meeting. I’m informed that Perry dressed rather conservatively, and according to two of the siblings, she sang “Oh Happy Day”for them and showed them a”Jesus”tattoo on her wrist area. I would have encouraged her to sing”Kumbayah,”but I’m not in the entourage.The nuns shrugged, and there have been no happy days given that. Simply lots of accusations, differences and legal filings. Legal representatives cannot even agree on who represents the nuns.What I can inform you for sure is that the diocese has taken legal action against Hollister, hoping to have her purchase voided, and last week a court order allowed Perry to go to the property with her architect.On Friday, I trekked approximately the residential or commercial property to check out with two of the nuns. Among them showed up in a shiny black Mini Cooper convertible,
chauffeured by Hollister.That would be Sister Rita Callanan.She remained in complete, sky blue routine, complete with headpiece, and so was Sibling Catherine Rose, who had actually just arrived. The nuns hugged each other outside their previous convent.Decades ago, 52 Spotless Heart sis lived on the residential or commercial property, that includes the Cardinal Timothy Manning Home of Prayer for Priests. However the diocese moved the last of them to other locations in 2011, against
their will, inning accordance with Sibling Catherine Rose.They are still not happy about that, nor are they happy about the way they are being treated. They pooled their money and purchased the home decades earlier at a discount rate from a benefactor, and their most significant worry is that if the diocese cashes in on a sale, the siblings ‘living expenses will not be covered. The archdiocese firmly insists that’s not the case at all, but sisters Rita and Catherine Rose don’t trust that guarantee.”We have offered many years to this archdiocese and we have served them well,”stated Sibling Rita, mentioning a happy Spotless Heart tradition of commitment to education and nursing. “For the archdiocese to … put us under a bus and run over us, I’m sorry, it was just too much for me.”The siblings said they have met Gomez to argue their case. They say that at one point, the archbishop seemed exasperated and told them to continue as they wanted and let him understand when they came to a choice about the property.So they decided to sell, however state they couldn’t get the archbishop’s attention when they attempted to inform him– possibly due to the fact that he was hectic closing the deal with Perry.The nuns knew the archbishop had lined up a buyer who was supposed to be a well-known entertainer, however the name didn’t suggest anything to the siblings, who range in age from 77 to 88. Perry Como, yes; Katy Perry, no. Sibling Rita did a little research on the Internet.
“Well, I discovered Katy Perry and I found her videos and … if it’s all best to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it,”stated Sister Rita, who told me she would rather not elaborate on her issues regarding whether Perry is a suitable candidate
to live in a convent.When Sibling Rita found out that Perry would be performing throughout the Super Bowl halftime, she tuned in. Perry sang” Teenage Dream,”(Let you put your hands on me. In my skin-tight jeans
.)which was not a good choice, offered Sis Rita’s mindful monitoring of the program. Sibling Rita then watched as Perry was taken off the ground and flew around the stadium as if riding
a shooting star.”I believed, is that a method to make loan?”said Sister Rita.
“Maybe I could fly around. I could be the flying nun.”I couldn’t reach Perry for comment.Gomez’s staff said attorney Michael Hennigan– who represented the archdiocese throughout the sexual molestation scandal– would speak for him.Hennigan argued that three of the 5 siblings have actually signed statements supporting
Gomez’s right to offer the property. An attorney maintained by Siblings Rita and Catherine Rose recommended that the three may have been pushed or did not comprehend exactly what they were signing.Hennigan also said that in 2005, the Vatican placed decision-making power over the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart in the hands of a Cardinal Roger Mahony appointee to the post of Pontifical Commissary. Both the law and the Vatican, Hennigan said
, are on Gomez’s side.So it’ll be delegated the courts, if not the pope, to figure everything out.Sister Rita said that at the conference with Perry
in Might, the singer made a pretty good impression, informing the nuns she wished to live on the property with her mom and grandma, sit in the meditation garden, sip green tea and find herself.Sister Rita thought that
sounded admirable. All the exact same, I do not think Sister Rita would be disappointed if the location where Perry discovers herself is far, far from the former convent on the hill.