A judge said Friday she will decide Monday whether to move up a June 20 scheduled hearing on a motion by two nuns who want to put on hold a proposed sale by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles of a former convent in Los Feliz to singer Katy Perry, an effort a church attorney described as “frivolous.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick said she cannot move forward on the motion until all the attorneys agree on the language of an order recognizing her April 13 decision to nullify the sale of the convent to businesswoman Dana Hollister.
Hollister’s attorney, Randy Snyder, said he had not fully reviewed the proposed orders submitted and that he needed more time to do so.
The proposed sale to Perry would be for $14.5 million, consisting of $10 million in cash and an agreement to provide an alternative property for the house of prayer worth $4.5 million, according to the archdiocese.
But Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Rose Holzman claim in court papers filed Monday that the archdiocese used an incorrect translation of a Vatican decree to convince a judge to clear the way to sell the structure to Perry.
The decree, when properly translated from its original Latin into English, stated that the dispute was still being decided in Rome, according to the nuns’ attorneys’ court papers. The nuns allege that the archdiocese did not give that information to Bowick when she nullified a sale of the property to businesswoman Dana Hollister.
Callanan and Holzman, two of five members of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, favored the sale to Hollister. They are asking Bowick to reconsider her ruling blocking the Hollister sale or a stay of her orders pending a decision on the issues from the Vatican.
Attorneys for the archdiocese wanted to have the nuns’ motion hearing as early as today or Monday, so they went to court for an unscheduled hearing. Lawyer J. Michael Hennigan, on behalf of the archdiocese, said it is important to get title issues resolved so that Perry can acquire the property.
“I think we can easily deal with this frivolous motion in an expedited manner,” Hennigan said. “I think it can be easily disposed of.”
But lawyer John Scholnick, on behalf of the nuns, said there was no reason to rush matters.
“Unless we have Vatican approval I don’t know what the reason for an expedited hearing is,” Scholnick said. “I don’t know what the emergency is.”
Bowick proposed setting the hearing on the nuns’ motion in May and gave some possible dates, but the attorneys could not agree on any of them.
—City News Service