Nun trying to stop Katy Perry from buying convent ‘because of I Kissed A Girl’ dies in court
A nun has died while trying to stop the sale of her convent to Katy Perry – allegedly because of the pop star’s lesbian lyrics.
Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was one of two Catholic nuns battling against the sale of their eight-acre site to the I Kissed A Girl singer, who reportedly wants to turn it into her home.
On Friday, Holzman died at age 89 in Los Angeles county court.
Holzman and Sister Rita Callanan had attempted to sell the three-acre property for $15.5 million to restaurateur Dana Hollister, who wanted to turn the convent into a hotel.
After the local archdiocese sued to block the sale, a judge ruled in 2016 that it was invalid.
And last year, Perry and the Catholic Church were awarded nearly $10m in damages, after lawyers successfully argued that the nuns had no right to sell the convent.
Callanan has previously spoken to the Los Angeles Times about why the nuns were against handing the property to the pop singer.
“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.
The nun tuned in to watch Perry’s Super Bowl performance in 2015, maybe most famous for sparking the Left Shark meme.
But Callanan said that the singer’s lyrics in I Kissed A Girl and Teenage Dream – “put your hands on me / in my skin-tight jeans” – offended the nuns’ sensibilities.
This was reflected in Holzman’s message to the musician which she sent through local TV station KTTV just hours before her death.
She said: “To Katy Perry, please stop.
“It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.”
Proceedings have been placed on hold following Holzman’s death.
In 2016, two former Catholic nuns who renounced their vows after falling in love with each other hit the headlines when they got married.
Federica and Isabel fell in love three years during a mission in South America.
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However, they were forced to give up their place in the order after they fell in love, as the Catechism continues to teach that homosexuality is ‘disordered’.
The pair tied the knot in Italy, following the country’s decision to pass a new civil union bill, which legalises same-sex unions.
“God wants people to be happy,” Federica told La Stampa.
“We call upon our church to welcome all people who love each other.”