Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology: Rumors over Split Spread

As Tom Cruise's relationship with Katie Holmes grinds toward divorce, tabloids and the rumor mill are pointing at his devout adherence to the Church of Scientology as a primary cause for their breakup

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The cracks in the couple's marriage weren’t clear to see at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party

The divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes is rapidly becoming the biggest tabloid story of the year, and fingers are pointing at the controversial Church of Scientology as the primary cause of their breakup.

Holmes, who initiated the divorce proceedings, is reportedly eager to prevent their 6-year-old daughter Suri from being indoctrinated in her father’s strict religious beliefs.

(MORE: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Split: What Happens Now?)

According to TMZ, Holmes feared that Cruise was planning on sending Suri to join the Church of Scientology’s Sea Organization (Sea Org), which functions almost as a religious order within the church; former members have described it as embodying an “odd mixture of military and corporate management styles.”

The majority of Sea Org’s membership is purportedly longtime members of the church and children of Scientologists. Kids as young as 5 can be sent to join the group to learn more about the religion without being accompanied by their parents.

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All members of Sea Org are reportedly required to sign a billion-year contract to demonstrate their commitment to the organization. (Sea Org was a particular focus of journalist Lawrence Wright’s epic article on Scientology in the New Yorker in 2011, in which Hollywood director and former Scientologist Paul Haggis famously said, “I was in a cult for 34 years.”)

Scientology wasn’t the only issue of faith that caused problems for the family; Holmes’ devoutly Catholic parents often clashed with her husband, particularly where their granddaughter was concerned. But Holmes is now reportedly seeking sole legal custody of Suri to prevent her from being sent to Sea Org and to remove her from her current school, the New Village Leadership Academy in California, which has strong ties to the Church of Scientology.

Holmes is filing for divorce in New York, where judges tend to favor appointing sole custody to one parent, to avoid placing children in the middle of disputes. Cruise, meanwhile, is fighting to move proceedings to California, where courts prefer to give divorcing parents joint custody of their children.

TMZ has also reported that Holmes worries she’s being followed by representatives of Scientology, including the “mysterious” occupants of a white Cadillac Escalade and a black Mercedes SUV seen parked close to her apartment. In an e-mail to the New York Daily News, Gary Soter, a lawyer for the Church of Scientology International, said, “There is no truth whatsoever to the TMZ.com report (or any other report) that the Church of Scientology has sent anyone to follow or surveil Katie Holmes.”

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And News Corp. mogul Rupert Murdoch has come out against Scientology:

An hour later, he tweeted:

The announcement of Cruise and Holmes’ divorce brings a sudden end to one of Hollywood’s most publicized celebrity couples. Nicknamed TomKat, they married in a grand ceremony in Lake Bracciano, Italy, in November 2006, following a whirlwind romance. In 2005 Cruise famously jumped on the couch of talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, seemingly unable to contain his excitement over his relationship with Holmes.

(MORE: Cinema: Tom Terrific)

Their divorce marks the dissolution of Cruise’s third marriage. His three-year marriage to actress Mimi Rogers, who introduced him to Scientology, ended in 1990. He married actress Nicole Kidman later in 1990; the couple divorced in 2001.

In a milestone, Cruise turns 50 on Tuesday. He will mark the day in Iceland on the set of his upcoming film Oblivion.

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27 comments
Adolf_Hipster
Adolf_Hipster

The occupants of the two SUVs are the security guards that Katie Holmes hired herself.

Dominic Storm
Dominic Storm

According to the rules of Catholicism she could not marry Holmes a Scientologist. She made the choice, this is equally her created mess.

frostback
frostback

She couldn't marry a man from another religion? What if he agreed to raise the children as Catholics?

SRSwain
SRSwain

What if the lady just "grew up" and needed her space, all other things being equal? It happens. Moreover, it's really nobody else's business.

Catie Wood
Catie Wood

I would be concerned for Suri too if I was Katie Holmes. Sea Org sounds like a horrible place for a child to go. I wish Holmes luck with her divorce. And hopefully all this won't affect Suri too much. 

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bobbycrando
bobbycrando

Ex-Scientologists will know exactly why Katie decided to divorce Tom.

They also know what she can look forward to now that she’s done it so bluntly.

I had to deal with a lot when I left, and when I tried to get my sister out;

it’s tough. Steve Hassan’s new book, “Freedom Of Mind” has a pretty good

explanation of how the Church works to keep members and associates from

leaving: http://www.freedomofmind.com/

bobbycrando
bobbycrando

Ex-Scientologists will know exactly why Katie decided to divorce Tom.

They also know what she can look forward to now that she’s done it so bluntly.

I had to deal with a lot when I left, and when I tried to get my sister out;

it’s tough. Steve Hassan’s new book, “Freedom Of Mind” has a pretty good

explanation of how the Church works to keep members and associates from

leaving: http://www.freedomofmind.com/

bobbycrando
bobbycrando

Ex-Scientologists will know exactly why Katie decided to divorce Tom.

They also know what she can look forward to now that she’s done it so bluntly.

I had to deal with a lot when I left, and when I tried to get my sister out;

it’s tough. Steve Hassan’s new book, “Freedom Of Mind” has a pretty good

explanation of how the Church works to keep members and associates from

leaving: http://www.freedomofmind.com/

Lance Cole
Lance Cole

If you dig into this a little bit, there are many rumors she (like Tom's other wives such as Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman) signed a set contract (Holmes' was reported to be a 5-year contract) that terminated (ironically) when each woman reached 33-years old. It is said that most expect Katie to become much wealthier as a result of honoring this 'contract', and that there are already talks of Tom having a 'new wife' chosen by the church of Scientology soon. Lastly, there is much speculation that Tom is actually gay anyhow...Mimi Rogers said he was 'asexual' and chose abstinence as a lifestyle...(insane, considering how beautiful Mimi Rogers was!)...definitely a weird man with a super-creepy cult religion.

poly7710
poly7710

Katie's story, reminds me of the catholic/christian  girls who marry Muslims, and move to their Muslim countries. First, they embrace their religion and country traditions, submit  to their man's ideology, and years later  they  realize of the  terrible mistake they did. They want to go back to their roots and to their own beliefs rather  than the new ideology they acquire with their hubbies religion and country. They dont want their kids to grow up with some ideas. And  when kids are involved in a divorce, at a  Muslim country,  everything is against the woman. Nothing against Islam, I respect Islam and Muslims,  but christianism and Islam  are different, just like Scientology and Catholicism. And Tom Cruise is a big fish. I am with yo Katie, fight for  your freedom.Honestly,  you started fading after  marrying Tom cruise. We, the public could see it was not Katie Holmes, but Cruise's wife these 5 years.

Chris Courtois
Chris Courtois

Ouch Katie is about to find out Scientology's Office of Special Affairs

is really good at stalking, smearing and harassing!  Still, though, you

have to give it to her this is probably the best decision she's made in

her life. In the meantime, please, folks, don't dish out hard earned

money on anything Cruise participates in. That money ends up in that

cult and fuels even more creepiness, fraud and abuse; not to mention

actual child abuse.

Katie is making a good mother's choice.

Scientology teaches that children are just another vessel with a spirit,

so that actually they can be treated just as adults. Hence in their

"camps" and in the Sea Org, they simply make children no matter what age

work exactly as hard as adults with the same hours (12 to 16 hours per

day in most reports)  with little to no pay. I believe no sane mother

would want that for her kid.

Brian Mouland
Brian Mouland

Anyone who beats a couch is normal. Good move Katie!

tansysmom
tansysmom

Holmes was starstruck at the outset and went along with everything Cruise asked. Now that his faults are coming home to roost, she's had enough and wants out. Considering that Scientology--not his family--is his #1 priority, and that his commitment borders on derangement, I don't blame her for wanting to keep her daughter away from Cruise as much as possible.

Dominic Storm
Dominic Storm

He was a Scientologist when she met him so what makes her so righteous to dump him because of it? She should have not gotten herself into this in the first place.

shag11
shag11

 You're right. None of make any mistakes, especially women, who wouldn't be impressed by one of the biggest stars in the world.

Paula R. Robinson
Paula R. Robinson

I also wonder if Cruise could get the venue back to CA, since this is their primary home. http://FoxGetPositionWork.blog...

tansysmom
tansysmom

I think she's going to have her hands full in her fight for sole custody since Cruise has all the financial resources. I hope she has some heavy hitters in her corner.

Patricia Serrano Dudgeon
Patricia Serrano Dudgeon

I heard about this "Sea Org" and wondered, if Katie knew this before she married Tom Cruise, why did she go through with marrying him? Personally, I think she's just as much at fault for all this, I also wonder if Cruise could get the venue back to CA, since this is their primary home...interesting....

tednarcotic
tednarcotic

"why did she go through with marrying him? Personally, I think she's just as much at fault for all this,"      Katie Holmes also wonders why she married Tom Cruise, and she will be taking your advice (I'm sure it would have been your advice if you had her ear) and divorcing Mr Cruise. I think it's for the best. 

GidgetTx
GidgetTx

Scientologists will harass her forever.  Go to wikipedia and look up Scientology Fair Game, or Paulette Cooper.  I have been such a victim for over a decade and it never stops.  Some of their teachings include not only this harassment technique, but also "the only way to control someone is to lie to them" and "abuse is useful".  The Sea Org has been known to throw people over-board ships when they dare disagree or question Scientology methods, or lock them in dark cramped quarters.  Courts around the world have ruled them not only dangerous to children, but compared to the mafia.

shag11
shag11

 They are on their way out. They are banned in many countries in Europe, and many of their longtime members are leaving and exposing the fraud.