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July 9th, 2012
09:01 PM ET

Church of Scientology releases response to the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

In the aftermath of the separation, and subsequent divorce, of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the Church of Scientology has issued the following response to CNN, and "Piers Morgan Tonight":

With respect to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce, the Church has no comment. Please direct any questions to their representatives. This is and always was a private family matter and the Church will continue to respect their privacy.

With respect to your other questions, the Church regrets that excommunicated self-serving apostates are sadly exploiting private family matters to further their hate-filled agendas against their former faith. Having left the Church many years ago, these sources have no current knowledge about the Church and their recollections are distorted by their animosity.

Every religion has its detractors and these stories come at a time of tremendous Church growth. Anyone desiring correct information about the Church can find it on the Church’s website, www.scientology.org, which contains thousands of pages of information and hundreds of videos involving all aspects of Scientology.

Very truly yours,

Karin Pouw
Media Relations
Church of Scientology International

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  1. Griff.

    "Never ending bigotry of Cruise is always the problem!"

    July 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Torky

    So you really think Tom Cruise will let his only daughter - assuming Suri is his real daughter - spend her "next trillion years shivering in darkness," to borrow a phrase from an "orientation video" that used to play at every Scientology brainwashing center. That was the fate of anyone who chose to "walk out that door." Without Scientology, the narrator intoned that "you might as well dive off a cliff" or "blow your brains out."

    Plus, the cult has already commented on the private matter, saying how enthusiastic Katie was over studying and doing Scientology? Why couldn't they keep that private?

    According to the New York Times, Scientology blackmailed the head of the IRS to get tax exemption for this ludicrous mind-control scam. Isn't it about time that was removed?

    Please find out where Shelly Miscavige is! She is the wife of the cult leader and has not been heard from or seen in over five years. It is suspected the violent David Miscavige has her imprisoned somewhere. The cult has not produced as much as a photo of her.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Boring

    Bigotry lives on. Why would any one care beside you Pierce what Tom Cruse does or not.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bella

      People care when other people are used and abused by a mind control cult. Get a grip and get a heart.

      July 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      YES it seems TOM can hang out with his kids and Suri with out being forced to cut her off...PLEASE CNN
      WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
      THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
      this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

      July 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Adam

    Why doesn't CNN call them out on comments as ridiculous as this

    "at a time of tremendous Church growth"

    Even Baghdad Bob was more believable than this cult's response.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rose macaskie

      I suspect other religious leaders of lying on this point, of saying the church is losing followers when they are gaining them, doing so keeps people off their guard. Piers when he divorced got spiritual help from nuns, it is in moments of crisis that churches step in and do indoctrination, big time, on their members an indoctrination that increases their numbers.
      I put down the rise in people who support the extreme right to a rise in people who support the religions, which strangely seem to support the right of the very rich to hold on to their billions without being taxed, strangely because they in theory care a lot about the poor and are not, in theory, for supporting the rich.
      There are factors that make the churches being, maybe subcounsciouly, maybe pretty counsciously, inclined to want to help the rich. For one the big religions have to have a lot of money invested because they run so many churches and missions that they need to have a enormous pool of money invested, which means that they mind more about the state of Wall Street than that of High Street and for another, I think they see the wellfare state, that rise of partial socialism which till now made countries like Sweden and Denmark and England so rich, as a threat to them, which it is, because feeding the poor was the reason the religious had to ask for money, it was their business model, it also gave them a handle, at anyrate over the poor, who wants to annoy those who are likely to be the ones to give them a hand out in times of trouble, to look after them in old age for example? Poverty is the reason they can collect money for centres whose main purpose was to christianise, which is why they arent so very good at erradicating poverty, their first priority is to indoctrinate. So the relgious groups would like to see an end to such things as the welfare state which compete directly with them. They would like to reduce the welfare state and they do this by convincing their followers to vote for the right.
      The success of any efforts to erradicate the wellfare state are aided by people being uncounscious of the direction such groups as Catholics and Evangelists are taking, so most of these groups would rather people remained uncounsciouse of their raising numbers, that increase more in Piers age group than among young adults. They are putting a lot of manpower into pulling people into line at crisis points in their lives and as people get very enthusiastic about their religions it is easy enough to find lots of people who will give their free time to this activity or who are retired and every converted person is one more person to convert others in the work place or when they retire. It is not so much that their ideas a have become more attractive, it is that they work terribly hard pulling people over to their points of view and they have established a love of Jesus in children, so they just tell people who disagree with them that in disagree with people of which ever sect, they are acting against jesus, they have some pretty powerfull psychological ploys when it comes to pulling people into line with their organisations.
      Other religious groups want people to be off their guard about them and are willing to hoodwink the population about it so that for instance we dont attack them for attacking moderate socialism, so it is a positive point for scientology that they admit they are in expansion, not that one good thing makes them good. rose macaskie madrid

      July 10, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • marie aidonopoulos

        Probably a really good comment but way to heavy to read in full. WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
        THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
        this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

        July 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • KC

        Yes, please. Do not stop investigating, CNN. I know there must be good-hearted, ethical journalists even in the upper echelons of media that care. PLEASE FIND SHELLY MISCAVIGE and others who may be held against their will by Scientology. PLEASE FREE THEM.

        July 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Julie

        Wow...such an ego, to think some of us will read ALL that? no way!

        July 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mary marinelli

    piers, i'm a fan, but that scientology interview was about the worst i've ever seen.. you didn't even scratch surface.. man up, piers.. do a real story..

    July 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      Dear PIERS....PLEASE PLEASE and CNN dont stop the search....
      WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
      THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
      this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

      July 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Shazammee

    SepERation?

    Sigh.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sherry

      Indeed.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laurel

      I was going to make the same comment. It's troubling that this "journalist" doesn't know how to spell.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      . WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
      THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
      this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

      July 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Carly

    I tuned in to hear more about what Scientology is all about, which is how The Cleveland Plain Dealer advertised Piers CNN program. Instead Rob Reiner give a free Obama political ad and a complletely untrue reference to Mitt Romney's offshore holdings and bank accounts.. There was no better understanding of the Scientology religion, only a self aggrandizing pitch about Rob Reiner's Hollywood accomplishments. I will never tune in CNN again.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jack

    It's really sad to see people post all kinds of mean stuff about Scientology. Like, Adolf Hitler did the same thing and got millions of jewish people sent to gas chambers because of their religion. I myself know quite a few Scientologists and they are cool people, in fact some of my better friends. Open and not close minded.

    So stop with the hating, damn... you guys dont know shiza until you meet one. Its not like you're talking to an Alien. They're normal haha

    July 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • neo

      Hi Jack
      How you would know quite a few scientologist......without being one yourself? I know two scientologist barely and its only because I'm related. Scientologist simply don't hang with non-scientologist

      Yes its sad people post mean stuff about scientology but not as sad as the truth behind them.

      July 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • marie

        Probably a really good comment but way to heavy to read in full. WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
        THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
        this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

        July 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bella

      Forced abortions? Physical and mental abuse? Isolated, poorly educated children? Extortion? Stalking? Billion year contracts? What religion charges tens of thousands of dollars for "services"? What religion won't let you leave if you change your mind? Scientology is not a religion it is a nasty, money grubbing mind control cult.

      Nice friends you've got "Jack".

      July 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • marie

        WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
        THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
        this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

        July 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Torky

      I've met only a few clams in my whole life, and one had taken only one course, and despises the cult. The ones online are disturbingly narrow, but they of course, like you, work for the OSA. Good try though.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ILovedScientology

      Friends are cool. I fell in love with Scientology, and was amazed by all the good it could do. So I think you and I could be friends. But I have since fallen out of love with Scientology, as I was amazed by the pure evil its people are willing to do. I wouldn't call it "hatred", so much as fear and trepidation. Hitler would have been an effective Scientologist. The fear of Scientology is now fading, but it's taken me awhile as I have learned to grow and think for myself. That's where I am now. Thanks for reading this, my friend. Wishing you well.

      July 10, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • rose macaskie

      It was not Adolf Hitler who talked mean about the jews,or at least he was only the icing on the cake, it was all christians who talked mean bout the jews, for two thousand years!!! Since when did those who inflamed the rage of the lych mob get away scot free and only the lynch mob get done for hanging people.
      If more people new more about judaism then Hitler would not have been able to draw so many people against them but christians daren't study judaism, they are told that it is fool hardy to study other religions, they might get drawn into them and lose their souls. Also they think it is not necessary to do so, they trust their religious leaders to do as much for them so they dont see the need to look into it themselves but the truth is religious groups distort information on other groups, they feel this safe guards the souls of the faithful, so trust in them is misplaced and so all the general christian public knows about other religions and this has not changed even in spite of the holocaust, are the slightly off putting remarks they have always heard about jews and judaism, missionaries who have studied judaism in order to convert jews will only talk about the worst examples of jewish people and shut up on the good ones as well as not talking of the best bits of jewish doctrine. The worst bits are the parts of judaism that christian relgious experts pass on to their flocks and I know, I went to both catholic and protestant schools have both catholic and protestant bits in my family and have known many of them as friends.
      All that most christians know about judaism is that jews are money grabbing, say an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and they killed christ, like, it would have been the fault of all the English people if the Sheriff of Nottingham had killed Robin Hood. Christians still, even after the holocaust teach only these few things that are negative about judaism and jews. They spread a few negative remarks about them, conveniently forgetting the positive things in their culture, and humans being what they are, crass and cruel accept it, it seems that many think that even after the holocaust you can go on doing just that.
      In Shakespeares' Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony gives a speech which starts off as if he is going to praise Caesar and ends of pulling him to peices, well that is what christians do about Jews, they say we are not anti-semitic and that they insist on all their members renouncing anti-semetism and then they pull jews and judaism to pieces, and we all know what religion was the predonminant one in nearly all countries that were fascist and they who educated all fascist have some how escaped a drubbing for educating such a brutal and bloody minded crew and escaped a thorough going through of their ideas in order to weed out the parts of their discipline that could have such a mischevious ending, so we are as like as not to have more trouble from that quarter, we have done nothing to sure things up against their teaching or against that part of it that turns their followers into murderous totalitarian faschists. rose macaskie madrid.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Adam

    The only reason a Scientologist would be hanging out with a non-Scientologist is to try and suck him into the cult.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Torky

      Exactly. You have to be "raw meat" which is Hubbard's term for someone who can be easily lured into the scam, because the clam finds their ruin. Ruin is difficult to find these days, since people with enough money to take a course in the cult, also have enough money to use the Internet. L. Ron Hubbard's delusional claptrap is all online now. No need to buy Dianetutics and think it means something important - it doesn't. It's a piece of garbage.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JaDY

    CNN SHOULD BE ASHAMED letting ZIMMERMAN "THE KILLER" lawyer make a fund raising PLEA on CNN!!!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Poppy

    So now Tom will be cutt off from non sciencetology Suri?? Not likely........different rules for Scientology celebrity and Scientology common.........

    July 10, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      good point .. seems Tommykins can have his kids always...other scientologists cannot alledgedly.
      WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
      THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
      this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

      July 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Cheyenne

    The same nonsense response from the "church". Fact is, Cruise has now lost 2 beautiful, talented wives over his devotion to this abusive organization, not to mention his daughter. Was David Miscavige worth it, Tom? Does it trouble you that Miscavige's wife hasn't been seen since 2007, and many suspect she is being held against her will in the Scientology "hole"? Does it bother you that Alexander Jentzsch's mother wasn't even allowed to view his body one last time before he was cremated? Wasn't it enough that your "religion" made sure he never spoke to his mother after she made the choice to leave Scientology? What sort of people would deny a mother who only wanted to see him one last time? Do these things concern you, Tom?

    July 10, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      AWSOME. TO THE POINT
      Probably a really good comment but way to heavy to read in full. WHERE IS SHELLY MISCAVGIE ???????
      THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
      this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

      July 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Scott

    Scientology is having "tremendous church growth"...that's the funniest thing I've heard in a while. LOL.

    July 10, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. world cares

    Apostates, sounds like a cimbined term for Apostles and Deposits $$$.
    I found it interesting, the sign in front of their building included the words "the Celebrity Center".

    July 10, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mike

    REALLY! Will Ms. Pouw PLEASE stop flogging the dead horse that is "the church is expanding"? Every time there's a flap, the cult trots out its mouthpiece (usually Tommy Davis, before he screwed up one too many times!) to parrot the same old lies, and THEY ARE LIES, KAREN. YOU, Ms Pouw, are a LIAR. That or you are utterly ignorant or oblivious of what the cult is doing, which I suspect you're not.

    Give it up already; the cult is in it's worst ever state since it was dreamt up by L. Ron Hubbard, the criminally convicted (multiple times) conman. No amount of lying from you can change that 100% fact.

    No one but the must gullible believe anything your criminally convicted (multiple times) cult has to say.

    Now, Ms. Pouw, I suggest you crawl back into you abuse-infested cult and carry on stroking the ego of that other racist group you have joined up with, the NOI.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      WHERE IS SHELLY MISCAVIGE ???????
      THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
      this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

      July 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Johnny

    They're a bunch of brainwashing fools. I used to live in LA and my mom worked at the hospital across the street from their original church site. One day I stopped in to check it out. They invited me to take a test to see what kind of "drive" I had. I thought this would be interesting, so I took it. They told me that I had no focus on what I wanted to do with my life and I should join them to help get my life on track. What a joke...anyone who knows me now and knew me then knows how focused and driven I've always been. When I told them thanks, but no thanks, they practically tried to tie me to the chair so I couldn't leave.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      YES IT IS WEIRD. WHY DONT THEY BRING OUT dAVIDS WIFE ?? WE SAW PHOTOS OF home david with tom on his honey moon holiday with KATIE most weird.......WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
      THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
      this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

      July 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    CNN OH CNNN PLEASE<<<<PLEASE.... WHERE IS SHELLY MISGARVIE ???????
    THIS SHOULD NOT STOP JUST BECAUSE TOM CAVED IN TO PROTECT HIS SPECIAL MAN FRIEND DAVID
    this is the real story rather than have the press persue this Tom folded. dont stop this question because Suri is free please

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