Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Splitting Up: Scientology Has Bigger Problems

Categories: Scientology

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NEW: What Katie Holmes is trying to spare Suri -- at six, Scientology kids are conditioned to become informers.

People magazine is reporting that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are ending their marriage, which should surprise just about no one.

Holmes was hand-picked for Cruise by a nervous David Miscavige, as Scientology's leader wanted to prevent what had happened during Cruise's previous marriage, when a Scientology-wary Nicole Kidman kept Cruise all but out of the religion during their ten-year relationship.

But now, the Cruise-Holmes pairing isn't the only Miscavige project that is falling apart. As we reported early this morning, Scientology recently experienced two stunning defections from its secretive California headquarters -- a woman who is L. Ron Hubbard's granddaughter, Roanne Leake, and Miscavige's own father, Ron Sr.

Go here for much more on Scientology's crisis of faith. Also, our open letter to Tom Cruise remains in effect.

TMZ is reporting that Katie filed for divorce and is seeking sole custody of Suri, their daughter. Cruise, they say, was surprised by the move.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Katie was fully aware of how Nicole Kidman got screwed over in her divorce with Cruise, and has much less of a relationship with their two adopted children as a result.

Katie doesn't seem like the type to let that happen (and her parents, we have always understood, were wary of Tom's kooky religion).

Michael Musto and I were just talking about the timing -- it was May 23, 2005 when we saw Tom Cruise jumping up and down on Oprah's couch. "It was a seven-year contract then," Musto tells me, with impish humor. "He proposed on June 17." Hey, he's the celebrity expert.

Catch up on our past coverage:

What is Scientology?

How Scientology spied on Tom Cruise

Scientology's Disgrace: our open letter to Tom Cruise

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology (Tom Cruise came in at #4)

Luka Magnotta's Scientology's Screed
: "I wished every night Tom Cruise would adopt me."


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Tony Ortega has been the editor in chief of the Village Voice since March, 2007. He started writing about Scientology in 1995. You can reach him by e-mail at tortega@villagevoice.com, and if you ask nicely he'll put you on his mailing list for notifications of new stories. You can also catch his alerts at Twitter (@VoiceTonyO), at his Facebook author page, on Pinterest, a Tumblr, and even this new Google Plus doohickey.

New readers might want to check out our primer, "What is Scientology?" Another good overview is our series from last summer, "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." At the top of every story, you'll see the "Scientology" category which, if you click on it, will bring up all of our most recent stories.

As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.


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Gracey912
Gracey912

 Well crap.  I like her; didn't know she was affiliated with nutterville.  Hope she escapes!

Thoughtbeing
Thoughtbeing

Not a bad suggestion, Canuck... but I think Erika is too tough for Tommy Girl.  She'd beat his ass.  Tom likes girls who speak only when they're spoken to.

Thoughtbeing
Thoughtbeing

That's their SOP, Chuck, but there are too many eyes watching and too much history that the media has to try to pull off a stunt like "declaring" Katie.  DM is dumb, but he'd have to be really really dumb to try that.  His toupee has got to be on fire now!

HaggisMcFarley
HaggisMcFarley

I certainly appreciate the "make yourself a better person" school of thinking...and it IS a valid point...with billions of people sharing one planet a few really good individuals HASN'T kept things in general from moving in the wrong direction at a very high speed.   With Europe basically bankrupt (does anybody really believe that Greece or Spain or Italy or Portugal will ever become like Germany? Ain't gonna happen) those of us who care about more than just themselves need a Marshall Plan...An MLK-like movement for sustainable and pragmatic systems that don't just reward the few.   So yes...do make yourself a better person by all means.  But a collective effort is seriously needed.  And NOT a one-world government.  The right of intelligent dissent is crucial to building anything worthwhile.   What does this have to do with Scientology? It's all connected.  The only reason LRH gained any adherents was because the institutions around him so completely abdicated their public responsibility.  The Gov't.  The Church.  The Unions.  The Educators (read John Taylor Gatto's "Underground History of Education in the United States")...   They've ALL let us down.  I'm just hoping this fact will create a marketplace for new ideas (and in many cases old ideas that work very well) that will allow the human race to progress forward.    You can email a response to HaggisMcFarley@Yahoo.com directly.  All opinions respected and appreciated.  

Stevart
Stevart

Who's kidding who?  Cruz has many many many issues that he psychologically can not deal with.  His frenetic adolescent behavior, his public spectacles and seemingly endless immaturity is not the behavior of an adult male who is a husband and father.  For a supposed sex symbol he lacks any kind of real charisma that makes him truly sexy.  Everything he does is a "beard" in that he can express nothing from his soul, but rather controls every detail as in his media antics.  He's a walking closet just waiting to be broken into but for the fact that he is a major Hollywood "sex" symbol and brings in big $$$.  His best role was in Eyes Wide Shut where he played a sexually frustrated Jewish doctor with major shiksa problems so there his social awkwardness worked for him.  But the roles where he plays a young sexy male like in Top Gun...Top Zero. This marriage and breakup will prove the end of his persona. The end is near, Tommy. Get right with the Lord and forget this Mork 'n' Mindy crap. "Over 'n' out, Captain Video!"

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Katie SuperMOM scared 'em off ! :)

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Not for Suri, the terror is over. The whole world is watching and protecting Katie and Suri from this heinous cult!

Redhead47uk
Redhead47uk

Top Cat  marrys wog brides to bring a bit of normality into his super human life , plus it makes him feel extremely more powerful

HaggisMcFarley
HaggisMcFarley

Has any rational thinking person stopped to calculate the consequences of a large group like this siphoning off some very bright minds and coupling that waste with a massive amount of money and man-hours? If these resources had been used for lasting change we would be a very different country. Anne Archer is quoted in the NYorker Paul Haggis article as saying mankind is in deep trouble...and if Scientology wasn't the answer then who? A good question. Answer? All the bright and vigorous minds that kept Scientology going COULD have more humbly helped society. They have, in effect, stolen from the rest of us. Everybody outside Scientology that has helped them should be deeply ashamed. The question that remains is this... How can those of us who really care about what we're handing our children bring the serious change we need? Voting isn't working. No institution of any size out there is doing this. A one-world government won't work, as intelligent dissent is crucial to real progress. I've contemplated a system similar to George Lucas Jedi--a dedicated group not allowed to profit personally but keeps other people and institutions honest. Remember Marlon Brando as Jor-El on planet Krypton? Heroic.

Redhead47uk
Redhead47uk

Katie is probably jumping up and down yelling "At least Scientology and DM isnt getting it lol"

Justlook
Justlook

Lots of defectors have had confidential PC folder information leaked to defame them. Check out the "Freedom Mag". A few issues back was one that was solely dedicated to defame some relatively high profile defectors, and it featured information from their "confessionals" that were supposedly "priest-penitent privileged" information.

Too Much
Too Much

I see in the news that the Scientology crime syndicate was caught following Holmes and the 6-year-old around, watching her, video taping her, making sure she knew that they were on her.

mark0201
mark0201

There is a specialized purpose as to why Scientologists go through connections quicker than regular individuals. If you want to know the purpose, just let me know.

 

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Katie is doing a great job changing her and Suri's world, amazing example for the rest of us... that is what we can do, change our individual worlds for the better to make a healthy whole society

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