The LA Archdiocese has notified three nuns that their Santa Barbara convent will be sold to help pay the $660 million settlement with victims of sexual abuse by priests. They received only a letter requesting they vacate by year's end, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We're not even worth a phone call,” said the 69-year-old superior.
The archdiocese says it will sell as many as 50 non-parish holdings to satisfy the record settlement, which was reached in July. The three Santa Barbara nuns, who work with the poor and undocumented, live rent-free in the small house and otherwise largely support themselves. They may be bound for Los Angeles, where their order owns its own convent.