Three nuns in a Santa Barbara, Calif., convent are moving because their landlord, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, needs to sell the building that houses them. The Archdiocese says it needs the money from the sale to pay a court-mandated award to victims of priest abuse.
Real estate in the Southern California city best known for its celebrity residents commands top dollar. With the church facing millions of dollars in legal costs, the archdiocese says it needs the money.
Critics of the sale say the nuns are being picked on by the church and may be unable to assist the poverty-stricken neighbors often overlooked in the affluent town.