Pop songstress Katy Perry's bid to buy a convent on an eight-acre estate in Los Feliz had been fraught with opposition. Sisters Rita Callahan and Sister Catherine Rose Holzman of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart previously contested that they, not the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, have the right to sell the property.
Perry in an effort to curry favour from the nuns tried to win them over by showing them her Jesus tattoo and performing a rendition of "Oh Happy Day." Apparently Perry in her pre-stardom was a Christian artist. She even released a Christian release released under her real name Katy Hudson.
While initially some of the nuns reported being charmed by Perry's display of devotion, they were not impressed. Sister Rita Callahan and Sister Catherine Rose Holzman claim that selling the convent to the pop star would force them to "violate [their] canonical vows to the Catholic Church."