|Back aboard the Ark of Peter?|
Word from several news outlets that Katie Holmes is returning to the Roman Catholic Church, where she was raised before marrying superstar Scientologist Tom Cruise, has been causing a stir in the entertainment community and on the Internet since early last week.
According to reports, the 33-year-old actress has registered as a parishioner at the historic Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City, which dates back to 1847, and enrolled her six-year-old daughter, Suri, in the Convent of the Sacred Heart, an all-girl Catholic school.
Church officials are not commenting on the matter and neither is Holmes but there have been unnamed sources that have confirmed the information to the press.
Holmes was baptized Catholic, attended Christ the King Church in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from the all-girl Catholic high school, Notre Dame Academy, where she earned a 4.0 grade point average.
Although it has never been clear if Holmes fully embraced the beliefs of the Church of Scientology, she did marry Cruise, himself a former Catholic, in a Scientology ceremony in Italy in 2006.
However, according to press reports, the reason for the abrupt divorce, was that Holmes feared the couple's daughter would be indoctrinated into Scientology and was concerned for her safety.
Their divorce was announced last week after a settlement was reached, where reportedly one of the conditions was that Suri would live with Holmes and be raised in her faith.
In fact, reports indicate Holmes was so adamant about keeping her daughter away from Scientology that she insisted on an "ironclad" clause that would prevent Cruise from taking Suri, not only to any of the organization's churches or centers but, to parties, if they have any link to Scientology.
The Church of Scientology has been under the microscope over the last several years, including an FBI investigation into alleged mental and physical abuse of people who want to leave.
In fact, a 2011 New Yorker magazine expose revealed that defectors are regularly hunted down and placed into "reeducation" camps sometimes for years, according to former members.
The in-depth 24-thousand-words-plus story highlighted the case of Hollywood director and screenwriter Paul Haggis, of Million Dollar Baby and Crash fame, who after nearly 35 years in the church, founded by followers of science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, and which boasts a large following in Hollywood including Cruise, John Travolta, Kristie Alley and Anne Archer, among many others, left it in 2009, because, of all things, the church supported California's Proposition 8 that stated marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Haggis' resignation came after reading a St. Petersburg Times investigation, which reported that executives in the sect were subjecting other Scientologists to physical and psychological abuse, and, after a bit of soul searching and coming to terms with a slew of inconsistencies and doubts he had encountered over the years, including the fact that Scientologists are encouraged to "disconnect" from family and friends, who were critical of the sect (Haggis' own wife was forced to break relations with her parents because of something trivial done 25 years prior), he resigned.
In any event, according to close friends, Holmes had to plan her break from the church carefully so that no one would find out and have a chance to stop her.
Whether all this played a roll in her break up with Cruise is yet to be determined but what is known is that the actress left him and now is apparently coming home to Rome, as they say.
And since, according to Roman Catholic beliefs, once a Christian receives the sacraments of initiation; Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion, as Holmes most likely received during her childhood, they have been marked for life; and since, the Catholic Church also teaches that Jesus gave His Apostles, and their descendants, the power to forgive sins; then for Holmes, it may be just be a matter of repenting and going to confession in order to be restored into the full sacramental life of the Church.
Furthermore, considering its gnostic and cult-like qualities and practices, such as believing one can ascend into a higher state of being (interestingly, according to Scientology, Tom Cruise, and many others like him, have reached a higher state of being than Jesus Christ had!) and the belief in reincarnation, Holmes may be able to follow in the footsteps of Cruise's second wife, Nicole Kidman, who apparently got an annulment from the Mission Impossible star (ironic considering this is his third divorce) and later married in the Catholic Church.
In any case, if the stories are true; welcome home, Katie Holmes...