One of the two nuns involved in a years-long legal battle with global pop star Katy Perry over over the sale of a Catholic convent in Southern California collapsed and died in court.
Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was among a group of nuns that were battling Perry in court over her purchase of a former convent in Los Feliz. Appearing alongside Sister Rita Callanan, the nuns said they were appealing to the Vatican to step in on their behalf. "It is now more important than ever to continue this fight and for our cause to prevail", she wrote on a fundraising page asking for donations to help them to keep their convent.
"Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, IHM passed away suddenly today at the age of 89. Please archbishop. Do what is right in your heart", Callanan added.
Ms Holzman and Ms Cullanan, among five nuns who had lived at the convent, had sought to sell the property for $US15.5 million to restaurateur Dana Hollister, who wanted to convert the property into a hotel. "It's not doing anyone any good [and it's] hurting a lot of people".
In December 2017, a judge order Hollister to pay nearly $10 million in compensatory damages to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Katy for attempting to interfere with the proposed sale.
"Well, I found Katy Perry, and I found her videos and if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it", she said.
But a judge ruled in the singer's favor past year, saying the Archdiocese had the right to sell the property to her.
But last fall, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for allegedly interfering with the sale of the property. She had nothing to do with forcing herself on us.
Jose Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, said Sister Catherine Rose had served the church "with dedication and love for many years". "But, against our will, the Archdiocese removed us to "monetize" our property".
At one point, the nuns even tried to sell the place to Hollister for a mere $44,000 just so it wouldn't go to Perry.