Katy Perry's Convent Purchase Now Awaiting Vatican Approval

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The pop star's Los Feliz property makeover is on hold while the archdiocese looks for a replacement for its House of Prayer, which is still in use by the local clergy.

Months after an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled that her purchase of a convent in Los Feliz could move forward, Katy Perry finds herself — to borrow a term from Catholic theology — in limbo.

While the epic legal battle that pitted Perry against rival buyer Dana Hollister and the nuns who formerly occupied the property may be resolved (Perry plans to pay the archdiocese $14.5 million for the 8-acre property), according to the L.A. Archdiocese, there remains a hiccup.

After a June ruling in which L.A. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick sided with Perry, things looked to be trending back in the pop star’s favor. The ruling ended a bizarre, two-year fight that started back in 2015 when Perry first tried to buy the property from the Archdiocese. Before that sale could be finalized, the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary tried to instead sell the convent to entrepreneur Dana Hollister. That set the stage for an internecine battle between the Archdiocese, which claimed ownership on all assets belonging to the Sisters. Bowick’s ruling was the final legal verdict on the matter.

But there is still one last hurdle before Perry can move in.  

The Vatican still needs to give its approval to the sale, but before they can do that the archdiocese needs to find a replacement for the property's House of Prayer, which is still in use by the local clergy. "Nothing could be submitted to the Vatican until a suitable House of Prayer location is identified," the archdiocese's Adrian Alarcon tells THR.

It's unclear how long that process will take.

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.