In case you missed it, Katy Perry is trying to buy a convent in Los Angeles for $14.5 million. The convent belongs to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but has been an important place for the Order of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Now, only one member of the sisters of the Immaculate Heart is left, Sister Rita Callahan, and she’s fighting the sale with everything she has.
A lawsuit over who has the right to sell the eight-acre villa is in full swing. The archdiocese says the convent is ill-suited to house Callahan, but Callahan insists she and her late sisters are and were the rightful owners. They accuse the convent of ending retreats and other sources of revenue to the villa, as well as forcing the sisters out.
The archbishop has already made an agreement to sell to Perry, who made a cash offer for the convent. The sisters responded by negotiating a sale of their own with restaurant owner Dana Hollister, with the understanding that Hollister will repurpose the estate into a boutique hotel.
But the dispute rages on over which sale is valid, and now, Callahan has began a GoFundMe to continue the legal battle. “It is now more important than ever to continue this fight and for our cause to prevail,” she wrote. “Please watch carefully, because if our archbishop can take our property away, and our money, then it can happen to you.” (h/t The Daily Beast)