A judge ruled today that Katy Perry will be able to buy a former Catholic convent in Los Angeles. The property was previously sold to a Los Angeles businesswoman, but that sale was voided.
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Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick rules that the attempts by the elderly nuns to sell the property to the businesswoman were improper and illegal.
Perry has wanted to buy the property in the Los Feliz area for $14.5 million and relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by the priests. While her bid has been approved by the LA archbishop, it would need to get final approval by the Vatican.
The Roman villa-style convent is situated on 8 acres of land.
The singer's efforts to purchase the home, which is getting on in age, were stalled after some of the Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary decided to sell the convent to entrepreneur Dana Hollister.
Hollister recorded a deed on the property, but it was rescinded by Bowick's ruling. Her plans were to turn it into a hotel, which concerned many of the upper-class neighbors.
Bowick's ruling stated that the Los Angeles' archbishop has to authorize any sale, and the nuns did not get permission from him before entering into the agreement with Hollister. Unfortunately for Katy, Hollister was already renovating the convent when she was sued by the archdiocese last year. She had to stop for months of litigation.
The whole ordeal also showed the strain between the nuns and the archdiocese.
It turns out that the nuns had done a search for Katy's music videos, and weren't really happy with what they saw.
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According to ABC News, "The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary have owned the property for more than 40 years, but they haven't lived in the convent for several years. Only five sisters, who are in their 70s and 80s, remain, and their order has bickered with the archbishop for years on various issues."