One of the nuns embroiled in a fierce lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry has revealed that sky-high legal fees have plunged her into financial dire straits. The group of nuns, who are members of the order of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, filed a lawsuit against Perry after she cut a deal with the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to purchase their former convent without running it by the sisters. The nuns claim that the expansive property has been owned by the order for 45 years insist that it is their right to sell it and nobody else's.
Sister Rita Callanan, now 80 years old, said that just a few years ago she was well-off and looking forward to some peaceful final years. Now, she is broke, weary and uncertain about the future. Her fellow companion in the bitter legal case, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, tragically passed away after collapsing at a court appearance March 9. With nothing but steely determination, Callanan has vowed to fight on.
"On March 9th, 2018, we tragically lost Sister Catherine Rose, my beloved fellow IHM Sister and original organizer of this GoFundMe campaign. She was my cherished partner in this ongoing legal battle to keep our convent," she wrote on the GoFundMe page. "I am very sad to say it is we who are in terrible need."
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