FOX 11 reported that 89-year-old Sister Catherine Rose Holzman suddenly collapsed and died on Friday during a court proceeding related to their “Jesus Doesn’t Want You To Have This Convent, Katy Perry!” case.
To recap, Katy’s been trying to buy a convent in Los Feliz for a couple of years now (when you’re rich, your sexual role-playing can take on unheard of dimensions). The tenants, Sister Catherine and Sister Rita Callanan, had sold the convent to a restauranteur named Dana Hollister for $15 million. Hollister wants to turn it into a boutique hotel. The sisters forgot to run the sale by Jose H. Gomez, L.A.’s Archbishop. He wants Katy to have it (“Catholicism is cool – Katy Perry lives here!” marketing ploy?) for $14.5 million, so a judge voided the sale to Hollister. The sisters continue to fight so that their convent will go to Hollister and not some pop star devil woman.
In regards to the case, the judge has been Team Swish Swish all the way. Most recently, Dana Hollister was found guilty of “malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property” and was ordered to pay $15 million to Katy Perry’s lawyers and the L.A. Archdiocese for damages and legal fees.
The sisters gave an interview together before the latest go-round in court and they were spitting mad. Well, Sister Rita was. Sister Catherine seemed like the more composed one which is weird because she’s the one who went home to Jesus a few hours later.
“You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. Please archbishop… Do what is right in your heart,” Callahan pleaded.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart have lived in the Los Feliz convent since 1973, and still have the ownership papers. They have recently released a documentary to tell their side of the story and claim Dana Hollister bought the property from them fair and square.
“We asked her to save us, to buy the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us,” says Holzman.
“We’re trying to get out to the public to say what is being done to Dana Hollister is absolutely wrong, the judge was wrong, the jury was wrong. They even admitted it afterwards because they didn’t get both sides of the story,” Callanan said.
Sisters Rita and Catherine claimed that the L.A. Archdiocese doesn’t have any say over the convent because it’s actually under the direct control of the Vatican. And don’t worry, they’ve been on Skype with Vatican City.
“We have an agreement with Rome. It’s in writing and it says if there are any disputes, they are to be settled in Rome,” says Callanan.
And they’re also making a plea to Perry herself.
“And to Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people,” Holzman said.
Dana Hollister has reportedly had to file for bankruptcy, and the proceedings had been put on hold until Friday.
There are no details on what happens to the case now that Sister Catherine has passed away. You have no idea how much I am trying not to mention the “Rose killed Mrs. Freida Claxton” episode of The Golden Girls because this totally reminded me of it. Except in this case, the roles were reversed. Sister Catherine Rose seemed like a nice lady and Katy Perry is definitely the evil Mrs. Freida Claxton in this tragic story. And yes, I totally failed at avoiding this comparison.
Rest in peace, Sister Catherine.
Pic: FOX 11