Nun involved in Katy Perry row dies in court

Catherine Rose Holzman

Catherine Rose Holzman

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, was in court to challenge Katy's attempted purchase when she collapsed and died.

In December 2017, a judge order Hollister to pay nearly $10 million in compensatory damages to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Perry for attempting to interfere with the proposed sale.

Sister Catherine Rose was part of a group of nuns fighting to keep the pop star from taking ownership of a property where their convent once stood in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. They said the Vatican controls their convent and appealed the sale directly to Pope Francis. "On behalf of the entire family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I pray that God grant her eternal rest and let his perpetual light shine upon her", he added. More specifically they've said selling Perry the property would equate to "being forced to violate our canonical vows to the Catholic church". A judge ruled in the archdiocese's favour in 2016, enabling Perry to continue the purchase. However, the nuns wanted to sell the property to Dana Hollister, who planned on turning the convent into a boutique hotel.

But last fall, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property.

Perry agreed to buy the property for over £10 million, but her offer was rejected by the nuns who basically think she's way too raunchy to inhabit their former place of worship. She and the Archdiocese sued the restaurateur, Dana Hollister, in 2015, claiming Hollister tried to interfere with their deal. According to the archdiocese, the proceeds from the sale would go to the IHM Institute.

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Holzman died while attending Hollister's bankruptcy hearing.

"You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart".

Archdiocesan spokeswoman Adrian Marquez Alarcon told CNA that while Sister Holzman and Sister Rita Callanan have been vocal about the case and opposed the sale to Katy Perry, the two sisters were never legally involved in the real estate dispute. "It's not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people", Holzman said.

Post-judgement court proceedings involving Hollister and the archdiocese are temporarily on hold following Holzman's death.

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