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Written on 11:16 PM by Jack B.

Interesting blurb in Radar Online dealing with the virulent anti-catholicism of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology:

Before Katie Holmes’ devoutly Catholic parents officially sign their daughter over to the Church of Scientology, they might want to get in touch with Philip J. Spickler. One of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s original disciples, Spickler is the father of Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruise’s first wife and the person responsible for recruiting him into the cult in the mid-’80s.

Like his daughter—who, at her most pious, worked for the Church full-time—Spickler has since left Scientology. Unlike his daughter—who spent last week on the talk-show circuit spinning her ex’s increasingly unhinged behavior—he has quite a bit to say about the sect.

Of particular note to Martin and Kathleen Holmes might be Spickler’s firsthand account of L. Ron Hubbard’s virulent anti-Catholicism. Although Scientology publicly portrays itself as compatible with Christianity, in one of a series of emails he has written to friends and associates since his defection, Spickler writes that Hubbard “often referred to the Pope as ‘Dr. Pious,’ and the priests as his ‘witchwater boys.’”

In addition, Spickler writes, Hubbard ironically dismissed Catholicism as a “very successful operation to control the spirit, minds, and bodies of those who fell under its thrall before they attained an age where they could reason and discriminate and choose for themselves.”

Unfortunately, the ex-Scientologist could not be reached by press time for his perspective on the newly affianced couple, and a rep for Rogers—who traded her cult membership for a prominent seat on the celebrity poker circuit—did not return calls for comment
Can it be an accident that so many Scientologists are ex-Catholics - Tom Cruise (and his entire family), John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Jenna Elfman, etc. Not to mention every female that Tom-tom has hooked up with in the last 15 years - Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Katie Holmes are from Catholic familes. What is it about this freaky-deaky cult that makes people who believe in Jesus all of sudden believe in Xenu?

Meanwhile the Scientologists claim you can still belong to the "Church" of Scientology and be a Catholic (or anything else for that matter as well) :
The Church of Scientology acknowledges a supreme being but does not define God or consider God an essential part of the religion, according to Ms. Stanard, the church publicist in Washington. "We believe in a supreme being but how one worships or creates a relationship with that being is an individual matter," she said. "We are not dogmatic in this respect." The open-ended view of God means that Scientology does not contradict any other religious tradition and that people of all faiths can practice Scientology, Ms. Stanard said. "As Scientology deals with a person as a spiritual being, a person can be a member of another church as well as a Scientologist," she said.

Mike Delaware, an executive secretary of the church in Battle Creek, Mich., described Scientology as "all-denominational." Many people who become Scientologists stay active in other faith communities, he said, adding that if Katie Holmes joins the Church of Scientology, there is no reason she could not continue to be a practicing Roman Catholic.

Sure, sure...and if you believe that I've got a bridge I can sell you. Have you seen a Scientologist celebrity yet who was dedicated to anything but their L. Ron Hubbard inspired "Church"? If you can be a Catholic and a Scientologist at the same time then why did Nicole Kidman have so much trouble in wanting to raise her kids Catholic?

Rich Leonardi had the best response to this claim by the Scientologists in Amy Welborn's comments section: "So as long as you believe the earth was founded by an alien race whose spirits dwell among us still, you can retain your quaint religious traditions. Got it. "

Another good right-on-target comment on this whole mess is Maureen Martin in her catholicnews.org blog:Editorial: My Cult of Choice

Excerpt:
Believe me, if you are going to be Catholic and join a cult, wouldn't it make more sense to join Jenny Craig? At the end, you are going to look so much better. What would you rather be - clear or thin? And isn't that what life is all about - looking your best, being thin, and having money so you can flaunt it in front of others and make yourself feel superior? Of course it is! That's the Catholic American way. You can be Catholic and be extremely successful, happy and fulfilled in this life, too. Skip all that suffering stuff. That is just for saints in dusty hardback books. You need to treat yourself right, pamper yourself, and look good. That's your vocation, obviously, since you enjoy it (and of course, we are only called to things we enjoy). Cultivating virtues takes a long time, if even possible. Instead, let's find ways to throw aside the crosses that weigh us down in this life. We'll be happier we did.

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