Katy Perry is trying to buy a former Catholic convent in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the archdiocese of Los Angeles is in the process of completing the paperwork on the sale to Perry, who has agreed to pay about $14.5 million. However, the sale of the property is being complicated by the fact that nuns living in the convent had entered a formal agreement on May 20 to sell the convent to restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million, who according to KTLA 5 news, is planning to turn the property into a hotel, restaurant and bar.
(Photo above: Screenshot from news video produced by KTLA 5 news showing the convent which Katy Perry wishes to purchase)
The Los Angeles Times reported that Perry “seems to have given her all in going after the property“, and tried to make a good impression on the nuns at a recent meeting, by singing “Oh Happy Day” for them, and showing them a “Jesus” tattoo on her wrist area.
The property — once home to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — is a lovely hilltop property, with a swimming pool and a sweeping view of the San Gabriel Mountains.
However is there more to the story than what we’re told? Specifically, why is Katy Perry so interested in this piece of property?
According to the Los Angeles Times, when Perry met up with the nuns, “the singer made a fairly good impression, telling the nuns she wanted to live on the property with her mother and grandmother, sit in the meditation garden, sip green tea and find herself“.
Note that Perry said she wanted to “find herself” and not to “find God” (and there could be a reason for this, as we will explain below).
Katy Perry purportedly has lesbian tendencies (which may explain her song “I Kissed A Girl“).
Quite conincidentally, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles were embroiled in a huge lesbian scandal back in the 60s.
Wikipedia provides the background of this scandal [accessed 1 July 2015]:
During the late 1960s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council and its call for renewal of religious life, the IHM Sisters took part in an experiment led by the psychologist Carl Rogers (associated with the Esalen Institute) who was promoting the ‘encounter group’, or what Abraham Maslow had referred to as ‘Psychology Three.’ In such encounter groups, under the direction of a facilitator, participants were encouraged to unmask their real feelings as they interacted with the other group participants.
The first trial experiment was held in 1966. With its apparent success, the experiment was begun en masse in 1967, with all the sisters and the schools they ran in the Los Angeles Archdiocese participating.
The psychology experiment was a major catastrophy for the organisation, and it was also featured on the award-winning BBC documentary, Century of the Self (please watch video below).
The experiment, in summary, involved radical psychotherapists teaching nuns at the convent “techniques for personal liberation”.
One nun (who was interviewed during the documentary) sumarised what it involved:
“You are trying to assert yourself, trying to find out who you are, who you are becoming. At the same time you are trying to live a life of dedication, of service, and you are trying to make all of these things fit into who you are. And it’s such a turmoil at times that you just blow a gasket and do silly crazy things — running around the orchard, stealing oranges, and taking Cokes out of the refrigerator. Crazy things!“
Also interviewed during the documentary was Dr. William Coulson, a psychotherapist (now retired) who facilitated the experiment, and who said:
“One of the things we unleashed was sexual energy, the kind of thing the church had been very good at restraining. One sister got the idea that she could be freer than she had been before, and she seduced one of her classmates, and then seduced the Mistress of Novices, who was an older woman, very reserved; and her [the younger sister’s] programme of freeing this older woman was sexual. She drove her to the store and when they drove back (and when they had driven into the garage), she leaned over and gave her a big kiss on the lips. Thereafter, the sister who had perhaps never been kissed before, was ready for more.”
According to the BBC documentary, Century of the Self, “the effect of the experiment on the convent was cataclysmic“.
“Within a year [of the experiment], 300 nuns, more than half the convent petitioned the Vatican to be released from their vows and six months later the convent closed its doors. All that was left was a small group of nuns, but they had become radical lesbian nuns. The rest gave up the religious life.”
In conclusion, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles were taught in the 60s to “find themselves“, and in the process, a number of them became lesbians.
So, it seems too coincidental that Katy Perry now wants to “find herself” on a property belonging to them.