Katie Holmes rejoins Catholic church, ‘snapped’ at CO$ demands over Suri

Katie Holmes Suri Cruise

Yesterday, Katie Holmes celebrated her return to freedom once again with a daily outing. Somehow, I get the feeling that she and Suri were trapped for nearly two years in their former New York City apartment (remember how how they used to disappear for a month at a time?) without being allowed to do any of the wonderful things that the city’s tourists can freely enjoy on a regular basis. Hence this outing to the Central Park Zoo with Katie’s mom, Kathleen, who was along for the ride. I won’t even attempt to identify these animals at the petting zoo (seriously, I am a pathetic suburbanite), but Suri appeared to truly enjoy herself.

Katie Holmes Suri Cruise

Katie Holmes Suri Cruise

In related news, Katie has also just issued a silent message, which affirms that the topic of religion was very much a reason for the dissolution of her marriage. This of course runs contrary to the assertions of Tom’s lawyers, who maintain that the CO$ had nothing to do with the divorce or the negotiations therein — because, by their spin, Tom is just a completely hetero dude looking for fly tail at every opportunity. Of course, it is standard CO$ procedure to act like the cult is merely a tool to help people through life even though at least three known Scientologists have confirmed that the CO$ was behind the Cruise-Kidman divorce as well. The only difference here? Katie filed first. Her silent message? She has just registered with a Catholic church in New York City:

Katie Holmes has finally turned her back on the controversial religion of Scientology by registering with a Catholic church in New York, it has been claimed.

According to a new report, the actress has formally confirmed her return to Catholicism by signing up to the Church of St. Francis Xavier. And Katie’s decision to register as a parishioner at the church has been met with excitement by the congregation.

On its website, the Church of St. Francis Xavier, which dates back to 1847, “strives to be a prophetic, welcoming community, inclusive witness to the presence of Christ Jesus in our midst,” according to its mission statement.

The actress’ decision to register with the church is sure to be seen as her final way of distancing herself from Scientology. And the move is also the latest sign that Katie and Tom’s six-year-old daughter Suri, of whom Katie is believed to have sole custody, will follow in the actress’ Catholic footsteps, rather than follow her father and his devotion to Scientology.

Meanwhile, Tom is reportedly “still reeling” from Katie’s decision to leave him, because of the secretive way in which she approached the split.’

[From Daily Mail]

Poor Tom. He’s “still reeling.” Look, I get that a few of you still feel for Tom and his “blindsided” response to Katie’s covert methods in acquiring the divorce, but I just don’t feel pity for the man. Here’s the thing: Tom would rather willingly (and without a fight) give up joint custody of his daughter and concede to the instant demise of his third marriage than to give up his GOD-like (and telepathic) status within the CO$. Like, he values the approval of a cult who tells him he can fly and treats him like a superior being more than he desires his wife and child. That’s pathetic, and I can’t feel sorry for anyone who prefers that sort of delusion over reality. On the subject of flying, all of this CO$ nonsense certainly puts those crazy MI4 stunts into perspective, right?

Yesterday, Kaiser covered a preview of this week’s Us Weekly, which included details of how Nicole Kidman possibly (yet not probably) offered Katie some support. Now the full issue has been released, and Us Weekly maintains that Katie grew very concerned that “Tom was beginning to audit Suri behind her back.” And that’s not all:

During a June visit on the Iceland set of Oblivion, says a Holmes source, “Tom was filming and Katie tried to discipline Suri over something. But one of Tom’s Scientology handlers stepped in and said they couldn’t let her do that, and they would have to call Tom.” Holmes “snapped,” says the source. “Katie had been watching how these same handlers turned Connor and Isabella away from their mom, Nicole. She suddenly saw that future for her.”

Holmes was running out of time. Suri is at a critical age for entrance into the church, says Scientolgoy expert Stephen Kent, a professor at the University of Alberta: “There’s an escalation of involvement when kids hit school age.” To spare Suri, Holmes had to choose divorce. “She actually still loves Tom, but would would rather leave him than have Suri turned against her,” says a Holmes rouce. It wasn’t so much Cruise she feared, adds another insider, “but his inner circle and the people handling her. They were so controlling it was terrifying.”

In her marriage to the world’s most famous Scientologist, Holmes rarely had a moment to herself, even at home. “Every move had to go through Tom’s camp, including when she could see her family,” says a source familiar with her old security. “She was monitored around the clock.” As a Holmes pal puts it, “Katie felt she was being watched more than protected.”

Accordng to Karen Schless Pressley — onetime president of the church’s Celebrity Centre — the Cruise home was staffed with informants. According to Pressley, Miscavige, the best man at the 2006 Cruise-Holmes vows, would personally read daily reports of everything that happened in the house. Adding to the suffocating scrutiny, Holmes wasn’t allowed to receive her mail. “It had to be sent to Tom’s team to open first.”

But Cruise control sometimes became comical. When booking hotels, the action star would request that staff cut out magazine pictures of TomKat “looking in love,” says a source, and put them in frames around the room.

[From Us Weekly, print edition, July 23, 2012]

That last paragraph puts into perspective Tom’s belief that he really thought everything was just peachy in his marriage to Katie. Hence his “What’s happening?” response to the split. CB and I were talking about this, and I really think Tom’s going to have a breakdown over this divorce. It might not happen immediately, but it will occur, and it will be interesting to see how the CO$ deals with it. It’s not like they can stuff Tom in a hotel room like they did with Lisa McPherson. Nope, Tom has to remain visible to the public. So … we’ll see how this plays out.

Meanwhile, this week’s tabloids are already gearing up for another wild ride. So far, we’ve got Star’s take (via Jezebel), which features a cover story titled, “Katie’s weight plummets.” The cover itself features photos from Katie’s July 4th outing that has also brought us portraits of Katie’s sideboob and skinny back. Presumably, Katie has lost weight in the past few months because of the stress of the impending divorce, which is believable, but she doesn’t really look anorexic. Just thinner. Star’s inside story is more interesting in that it contains details of Katie’s alleged $5 million payout from Tom plus $100,000 per month in alimony for five years and $30,000 more per month just for Suri. The story also goes on to claim that “Tom will do whatever it takes to make sure he comes out on top and “He’s made it clear that he’s willing to spend every last cent fighting for Suri.” Whatever. Tom has already lost. Katie has won, and he’s going to be stuck in an auditing room while Miscavige cracks his whip while wearing leather chaps. Gross.

Okay, now to erase that awful mental image. More of Suri at the zoo!

Katie Holmes Suri Cruise

Katie Holmes Suri Cruise

Katie Holmes Suri Cruise

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  1. irishserra says:

    She totally did it to get under his skin and make a point to the spectators. I kinda love it.

    • beyonce's bump says:

      that too. but mostly to get away from this crazy napoleon control freak and his sycophants!!! Imagine being monitored 24/7?? TC is an idiot to think he can just do this to somebody yet alone someone who had some what of fame. He just needs to find a COS woman who is as warped and crazy as he is.

    • leelee says:

      Beyond simply thumbing her nose at nutty Tom and his even nuttier cult, there’s the very real horror that Miscavige made his own wife disappear and that at least one Co$ member died under very mysterious circumstances while under the care/control of cult higher-ups. It’s outrageous that law enforcment isn’t doing more to investigate this heinous organization.

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        I have been wondering about this for years! Hopefully the media scrutinizing the Co$ will finally inspire – or force – some action.

        BTW I am new here and I have to say, this is the best site of all covering the topic! Everyone is so nice and informative and funny! Glad to be here.

        Also: Looks like Team Co$ managed to plant one in the LA Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/scientology-officials-stayed-out-of-kate-holmes-tom-cruise-divorce-.html

        ORLY? “Kate” Holmes? Not too difficult to figure out who the “insider source” works for… also they clearly ran it exactly as it was handed to them. I guess that’s what you get when your PR staff makes $50 a week.

      • julie says:

        there are alot more “disappearances” and deaths (including many suicides” attributed to ties with scientology. I too have wondered why nothing is being done. Miscavage’s own wife has not been seen in years. Doesn’t anyone wonder why?????

      • ViloDeMenus says:

        I wonder why this cult is still given a IRS pass on taxes when it’s clearly not a religion but a self help group, the only people in the “religion” who think that way are the lawyers and tax people. The members admit openly they are a self help group, so therefore not tax exempt.

        What religion has a prison, sends you to religious exile under conditions less than the Geneva Convention right here in the good ol’ USA? Who are they buying off in Congress to keep this status because they need to be defeated in the next election. Let’s not forget the deaths, no insurance, child labor violations, violence to members and the never ending fund raising which goes primarily into Miscaviage’s hands. He’s accrued nearly a Billion dollars tax free with less than 10 thousand members who are dying under the weight of non stop fund raising. It’s a scam that needs to be stopped immediately. If not sooner.

    • Molly says:

      She’s badass. I never respected her more than now. She seemed like a real doormat. Could it be that she is cooler than she let on in 05?

    • Molly says:

      She’s awesome for that. Cruise can’t muzzle her anymore. I never respected her more than now. She seemed like a real doormat. Could it be that she is cooler than she let on in 05?

      I think Cruise’s career is dunzo.

    • Bad Irene says:

      The combination of your name and comment just made me laugh really really loudly, thanks.

    • Anait says:

      Yes, sheep. And the one in the first pic is a goat.

      • TG says:

        I know it is too funny about the animals. I actually know people who have never seen a fox before in the woods. Can you believe that?

        I am so glad she escaped and as has been mentioned numerous times here I think many of us agree she was old enough to make smart decisions but I think she was blinded by Cruise. I am just glad she escaped with her daughter. There is still hope. The scary thing is that tommygirl could still have other children that might not be so lucky to escape.

        And as someone mentioned on the post yesterday if you listen to the Co$ videos and interviews it is all nonesense not once have I heard anyone of the Co$ freaks mention that they have done something constructive for even one person or the world. When CNN gives out its Heros of the Year award there is a clear presnation of what these individuals have accomplished, when tommygirl gets his Freedom Medal of Valor Award (ugh) they never mention one thing he has done to deserve it.

      • gg says:

        @TG – I live in wooded suburbs and the only fox I’ve seen lately in person has been sitting on my neighbor’s lawn all week, calmly licking itself like the family dog. I expect it to knock on the front door and go, “oi, schedule me a trip to the groomers, wouldja?”

        And you’re right – - if he does go down that road again, the co$ compliance attached to his next kid are going to be extremely scary.

      • Pia says:

        Sheep indeed! Suffolk sheep to be exact… except for the white one, not sure what breed that is. Makes me wonder how many people in this country can’t even identify animals they eat on a regular basis!

        @TG- I know people who think seeing a deer is a big deal LOL… not even a buck, just any old doe is exciting. I still have moose and bear to check off the sighting list…

      • Erinn says:

        @ TG

        I’ve never seen a fox :( Not many where I live. We get porcupines, deer (the odd white one even) pheasants, and coyotes though for the most part. And bear, though I’ve never seen one live.

        @PIA I think it might be a dorset sheep… I used to have a dorset suffolk cross. It’s not a cheviot though, it’s got more of a ‘beefy’ look than that.

  2. cmc says:

    Aww man, I work right by the CP zoo! For some reason I really want to tell Katie she’s awesome. I know that’s creepy though. So happy for Suri!

  3. Jackie O says:

    when a woman has to use disposable phones to plan leaving her husband, it is clearly an abusive situation.

    he deserved to be ‘blindsided’. sometimes, that is the only way to leave safely.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Too much tomsurkat in last few days. I need a break form them.

  5. HoustonGrl says:

    While I empathize with Katie, she’s partly to blame for all this. She completely whitewashed herself at the beginning of their relationship. Why did she need to marginalize her beliefs in the first place? Then one day she couldn’t take it anymore. Many marriages end for the same reason. Stay true to yourselves ladies!

    • Jackie O says:

      agree that she was a grown woman who made a really stupid choice of husband and father for her child.

      unfortunately, there will be another very willing woman to take her place….probably sooner rather than later.

    • francesca1 says:

      I agree. She was not a 14 year old cult bride. It’s great she’s freeing herself and her daughter, but at the same time, she has definite responsibility for the position she found herself in.

      • Rin says:

        She was in her late twenties with a career that was pinged off playing high school and college students. She can’t act, she can’t really sing, maybe she can dance…

        She was my least favorite person on Dawson’s Creek…and Tom did his best to make “Kate” happen.

        Quit trying to make fetch happen!

        I can only hope that we never see her again. It is HER OWN fault she turned into a stepford wife, for years she looked like a dimwit robot and now we’re supposed to feel sympathy?

        She wears $4000 ugly ass shoes and I’m supposed to feel sorry that she lived for years visiting every romantic place in the world and wearing designer runway label clothing?

        Get real. I do not feel bad for him marrying a young chick or her for marrying a multi-millionaire.

      • Katija says:

        *cough* *cough* She THINKS she can sing. *horrible “On My Own” flashback*

        Sorry, sorry… I know we’re all Team Katie… and that was a long time ago… but dear GOD was that bad! I can’t believe they didn’t grab one of the up and coming pop girls and just have them record it for Joey to lip-sync to.

    • Kimbob says:

      Yeppers, I agree wholeheartedly. I think Katie was young (god KNOWS the mistakes I MADE @ her age…& no, I wouldn’t want to reclaim my youth), but again, I agree.

      I mean, I’m proud of Katie, but yes, @HoustonGrl, you’ve pointed out something that I don’t think has been addressed at this juncture, yet….mainly because everyone is so surprised at this newsworthy turn of events (her leaving him & divorcing & making out like a BANDIT).

      Absolutely! I mean, yes, we need to examine what you brought up. Regardless of a “young mother’s age,” when you’re bringing new life into this world, one assumes a “higher calling,” & yes, I roundly question bringing Suri into the world w/even ANY EXPOSURE to that life-sucking cult.

      But….at least she saw the err of her way, and HOPEFULLY has time to turn it all around for Suri….hopefully.

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        You were still making bad decisions at 28?
        That is when she married him, got involved at 26. That’s a grown ass woman right there. I had a career, married and a kid at 28.

        When does the adult line happen?

        I’m so happy for her, but I think she was totally willing to play the game until shit with her kid got real and she had already seen what happened with toms other kids.
        Sorry but cos are weirdos and she knew it from the go. Why did the other actresses run out so fast? No one willing to sell their soul for Tom until the fifth choice came along and said yes.

        I doubt she was in the dark about cos for so many years. Not possible.

      • Turtle Dove says:

        People make bad decisions at any age, The OriginalTiffany. There is no “cut off” for that. Let’s not forget that hindsight is 20/20 and a decision that seemed perfect at the time can run afoul.

      • Stellax2 says:

        I was married by the time I was 28. I had a good career, stepson and husband. It all went to h*ll in a hand basket when he started to emotionally and physically abuse me. I was asked, after I left him, how could you not know, etc.
        I was ignorant and in love. I’ve evolved over my 30′s and changed a great deal. I think life is a learning lesson.

        Katie made the right decision. It’s obvious that TC is willing to sacrifice his marriage and child for the sake of his career and C$S. I think he’s a bit delusional and doesn’t have a real hold on reality. I saw some interviews on Access Hollywood while my husband and I were eating. Cruise was taking Billy on a trip through COS. They showed a child tutoring another. They were working on a word, “barrier”. It spoke volumes to me. Barrier is exactly what TC represents. He suppresses whatever he truly wants and buys into this crazy nonsense that he’s been fed. TC is obviously insecure and in need of help.
        He should just hook up with another COS member, who is prominent enough for his weight, and just move on because he has no other choice now.

        I still feel bad for Kidman and always have when it came to their two children. I really thought that Cruise and Kidman were very tight. I’m glad she has moved on but I have no doubt she misses her two children.

        The utter disregard for one’s feelings astounds me within COS. It makes me feel ill quite frankly.
        COS has such a poor reputation at this point. I don’t know how existing, high-standing members can sit back and witness all of their b*llsh*t. I would be embarrassed and want to hide my head. It’s not cool to belong to Scientology nor is it a healthy way of life.

      • Emily says:

        @TheOriginalTiffany — there is no cutoff for making bad decisions. People of all ages make them, and often. No person, of any age, is immune.

      • iseepinkelefants says:

        I agree Original Tiffany but Stellax does make a good point. Not to degrade the heavy subject matter of your post but this was the movie star she had on her wall growing up, I guess she was too blind by that. It probably also helped that Tom was a in love weirdo too (couch jumping), he probably treated her like a princess and that COS crap might have just blindly passed her by. Who knows.

        But don’t get it twisted I am not a Katie fan and I’m not going to rise her up just because her dumbass finally got some sense. Welcome to what everyone else has been thinking/known Holmes.

        Although with Cruise gone she’ll be able to go back to her insufferable acting. Like Anne Hathaway she should stick to those doe-y eyed innocent a-sexual roles. Neither can bring the sexy (TYFS anyone?).

    • april says:

      Totally agree. It takes two. She freely chose to marry a Scientologist who was much older than her, and got pregnant while barely knowing him.

  6. LMS says:

    Wow, these are the most normal looking pics I’ve ever seen of Katie and Suri. Especially that last one where she’s putting up Suri’s hair.

  7. Lauren says:

    $5 million dollars is all she got? I think she got a lot more than that. I still can’t believe she pulled this off. I love it!

    • brin says:

      She’s a better actress than we thought!

    • Amy says:

      Money buys stuff. What she got – her life and control of her kid’s future back – is worth way more.

    • Jilliterate says:

      No, it was likely more than $5 million. BlindGossip posted an item stating that it was something more like $40 million, which makes a lot more sense. For the money celebrities typically handle, I can’t imagine $5 million would be worth a marriage to Creepy Cruise.

      Link to BlindGossip blind about payment: http://blindgossip.com/?p=45235

    • Zvonk says:

      I have a feeling that $5million was the first payment. His money is likely invested and can’t be accessed immediately.

      I can’t imagine that with his immense wealth
      (not to mention that he earned a colossal $75million last year alone) that she’d only be entitled to $5million. She’d get more than that if they slugged it out in court. Let’s not forget the speed at which the divorce agreement was settled. There’s no way in hell that Katie’s demands were so small. $5million may sound like a fortune to most of us, but with their lifestyles, $5million doesn’t last that long.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Katie manages to get $100million over the next few years.

    • Cazzee says:

      According to the article, Katie Holmes gets $5 million cash up front, plus another $6 million over the next five years ($100,000 a month x 60). Thirty thousand a month covers Suri’s nanny, security personnel, and private school tuition, plus there has GOT to be some real estate in there somewhere. She’ll be lower-upper class financially, but she’ll be just fine.

      I would imagine that the $70 million settlement offer included “joint” custody of Suri…..which is probably the offer that Nicole Kidman took and lived to regret.

      Sounds like Katie Holmes made the right choice.

  8. Sisi says:

    it’s ‘amazing’ how completely out of touch Tom is with reality. He’s too stupid to realize that he doesn’t live in Kansas anymore. Dude, pigs don’t fly!

    Sometimes I feel like he’s living The Truman Show and COS is producing it. But that makes him seem a victim, and I’m absolutely not convinced he can be called that.

    Is it just me of is Suri already looking more peaceful? Maybe Katie’s state of mind reflected on Suri the past few years – resulting in tantrums – and now that Katie is feeling more relaxed, it immediately shows in Suri’s demeanor too. Glad they are out of this mess.

  9. serena says:

    Tom just make me lol.
    So much delusions..and seriously, Katie couldn’t even open her mail??? That’s insane.

  10. lem says:

    last picture suri looks exactly like katie… that’s a katie expression. adorable.

  11. Sara says:

    Suri’s clothes looks normal and her footwear too.

  12. Cherries on a lazy afternoon says:

    So rejoining the catholic church is her answer to getting even with scientology.
    Please the catholic church is known for letting many many paedophiles escape prosecution. I really feel sorry for this kid, she is being raised by weirdos.
    BTW, that kid really looks a lot like Katie’s former fiancée/lover, maybe that’s one of the reasons why Tom let go so easily of the kid. After all the stories that are coming out from these two, I believe ANYTHING is possible in Hollywood.

    • Aussie girl says:

      I really don’t think Katie’s is am extream catholic & I don’t think she will raise Katie that way. I think it’s a way to just reclaim herself after 5 years of little men ( Tom & bbf DM) & space ships.

      • Cherries on a lazy afternoon says:

        Well rejoining means you support what they stand for and what they do. Simple as that. I think the world should have a good look at all cults and religions and be a bit more rational about what they really are – power crazy maniacs who like to dominate and manipulate gullible people.

    • hairball says:

      Totally agree Cherries. I don’t know if I’d use the term weirdos but I was raised Catholic and do not want my daughter raised in any official religion. I just have a huge problem with these mass Christian groups. They can do a lot of good in the world, but also paralyze and brainwash people.

      The whole anti-gay and against birth control (not to mention celibacy for Priests in the Catholic church) is a huge turn off. Also hearing crap like churches telling their followers who to vote for or they are sinners IS cult like.

      We teach our daughter about the different religions but and tell her it doesn’t matter because everyone is believing in the same God. Be a good person etc.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “Also hearing crap like churches telling their followers who to vote for or they are sinners IS cult like.”

        Yep.

        Yeah it would have been nice to see Katie give Suri a little break. I mean, it’s her child and her decision but it probably wouldn’t have hurt to let Suri “deprogram” from Scientology for a bit before she starts attending Catholic Mass and Sunday school (assuming that is the level of practicing Catholic she is).

      • AnnieN says:

        You know if a church was caught in the act, endorsing a particular candidate, they could lose their tax-exempt status. Of course there are ways to get around this but coming out and saying it is a big I.R.C. § 501(c)(3) no-no. See http://aclj.org/churches-organizations-/political-speech-non-profit-tax-issues

        I agree with hunter that the Catholic Church has issues as a whole, but I was raised Catholic and try to live my life in peace, being kind to others, charity, recycling, etc. My child is 3 and she will yell at you if you try to throw a box in the garbage, she even helps daddy lug the stuff to the curb every week. I no longer practice but I still consider myself a Catholic, and consider my child 1/2 Catholic even though she has never been in a church. Hubby and I eloped to city hall but we still had a religious wedding after, with the naughty priest and his Cantor buddy. Seems silly but I felt that we would be “officially” married in G*d’s eyes, when we shared that spiritual moment with our families.

        I am saddened that so many people equate the Catholic church with pedophiles when not all priests are, and not all pedos are Catholic. Anyone remember the Orthodox sex abuse scandal? There were over 100 victims in Brooklyn alone, over 80 arrests but the media never picks up those stories http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/orthodox_sex_abuse_scandal_Vzaqd3TbKtikUv0h6b3clI The Polygamist Mormons keep raping little girls while collecting welfare checks for their children and building infrastructure with our tax dollars. I could probably come up with horror stories about every organized religion. I don’t think any religion is pedo-less so it’s unfair to lump all Catholic churches into one category as there are many that do a lot of great work for the people that need it most, regardless of their religion.

      • Mira says:

        I don’t think Katie will subject Suri to mass and sunday school. Her rejoining is symbolic. It’s just a big flip off to Tom, rather to CO$. Plus it’s also a safety net in the event of a clash between Katie and Tom in future.

      • Lira says:

        AnnieN, I agree with all you said in respect the catholic church and catholics. Some commenters @ Celebitchy really generalize too much and speak ill as if everyone was the same. Not every person is the same, nor are those who belongs to a church or religion. Specially such big religions. I cannot generalize about Americans either.
        Regarding Scientology, I believe it is a cult. Not only because it is kind of small and still manageable from the center. They rely a lot on image for promoting themselves, and strike me as narrow minded, whereas other communities can be more open.
        I am glad KH seemed to choose a church where there is diversity. I would say that that is what the little girl needs, diverse friends. Easy to do so in NY.

    • mln76 says:

      Not a fan of the Catholic Church but in this case when she is trying to protect her child from a violent CULT who is determined to indoctrinate and deify her it’s certainly the lesser of two evils. If she raises Suri to believe in nothing or figure out her beliefs when she is older she will be more vunerable to Scientology a religion with Sea Org slaves and the like who no matter what the custody agreement will eventually do their best to bring Suri back to the CO$.
      A traditional religion with a stable community will give Suri some roots. Katie has already shown the lengths she will go to protect Suri from harmful and abusive people I am positive she will keep her eyes out for any harmful or inappropriate people in the Church.

      GO KATIE!!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “If she raises Suri to believe in nothing or figure out her beliefs when she is older she will be more vunerable to Scientology a religion.”

        Strong convictions are what prevent people from being susceptible to cults, not subscription to any one particular religion. Katie can protect Suri by educating her about the evils of cults and by giving her a strong foundation, instilling solid self-esteem and surrounding her with love. Forcing her to join a church really isn’t a foolproof barrier against Scientology, belief and trust in oneself are probably more effective.

      • mln76 says:

        @The Original Kitten I actually agree with you I probably should have said she MAY feel that Suri would be more vulnerable. I honestly think it’s a case of the Catholic Church being the lesser of two evils and while clearly not perfect not a cult.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Mln-Totally. One thing I just thought of- churches can help to give people a sense of community/belonging. If Katie and Suri have been isolated and cut off from anyone who isn’t Scio for a long time, this could help her reconnect and maybe form new friendships?
        Is Suri going to be enrolled in public or private school system, do we know?
        Anyway, agree that this is a delicate stage for Suri and most important is that a protective barrier is formed between her and the cult. I am really pulling for that little girl!

      • Tara says:

        Katie’s new catholic church actively welcomes gay people. I’m a confirmed agnostic after 12 years of catholic school. In Katie’s situation I think I’d do the exact same thing: put some formal indoctrination in place so there’s not a vacuum just waiting to be filled by Scientology. Later we’d expand the conversation to the idea that there are lots of different interpretations of god… And that recognizing no god at all is also an acceptable option… That religion and spirituality are not immutably intertwined.

    • Mac says:

      Most mainstream religions concede that the Catholic Church are the only ones capable of performing a successful exorcism.

      If it is determined that one of their own is possessed by demons they now say:“let’s just call the Catholics”.

    • Jaded says:

      Katie rejoined a very progressive offshoot of the Catholic church that welcomes the gay and lesbian community, works closely with the underprivileged and has a much more modern and accepting ethic that straight-up old fashioned Catholisism.

    • Relli says:

      To each his own.
      If you knew anything about the Catholics, you would know they are divisive in their own right as in the powers that be are struggling to maintain power right now. Also we dont condemn other religions SO I always love to see when people want to define us by a few bad eggs. You know who does love to trash the Catholics, other Christians which, is just so righteous of them. But we dont live by judging how others on how they worship or the sins they have committed, only 1 can judge and I am not talking about the man in Rome.

      signed by,

      someone who is tired of hearing people jump on Catholics because of a bunch of pedos, its a sad and terrible situation but its does define everything that is catholic. JEEZ! If your going to trash someone learn another angle, ALL religions have their sh!t.

      • Emily says:

        You know who actually loves to trash Catholics more often and more viciously than people of any other group?

        Scientology trolls.

        It is one of their first go-to strategies. And it does show how pathetically uneducated they are. As you say, all religions have something nasty in their history and plenty of sects do absolutely appalling things — you’d think Scientology would change the playbook a bit. But nope. It’s anti-Catholicism every time.

        Then again, it works. Look at this, people have been distracted from the actual subject at hand to argue about the Catholic church.

      • Cherries on a lazy afternoon says:

        Well I did say ALL religions and cults. Personally I grew up catholic and there was stuff going on you would not believe, prob still going on with the consent of the man in Rome. Why not just be a good person, that’s all we and everybody else needs anyway.

      • geekychick says:

        Co-sign EVERYTHING you said.
        Can we stop with constant Catholic bashing? I know USA is not a Catholic country, but…I live in a country that’s 78% Catholic and pretty normal, and abortion is legal and free in all parts of the country, and no protestors are waiting outside,threatening doctors or women…and that can’t be said for every part of USA, can it? Still, I don’t call you regressed, misogynist and crazy, do I? Even more so, you won’t hear such generalization and critic of other Christian or non-Christian beliefs. We are more inclined to criticize Cath. Church, our own, bc we know the problems we face, locally.
        One other thing: usually, Francois Xavier communities are kept by the the Order of St. Francois (st. Franjo in my country), who are known for their tolerance, help for the poor and love for all things on earth since beginning of their Order (Francois was so kind, animals adored him, legend says). Essentially, they are very well known for their HUMANITY. In those days of early middle age, that was something completely new.

    • gg says:

      People feel comfortable how they were raised. Maybe she just wanted Suri to be in sunday school and hang out with other kids and gain friends? There is a huge social element to churches and the people help each other.

      Sunday school certainly doesn’t teach kids to be pedophiles; the kids usually just hear stories about how to be a good person, not steal or lie, etc., and color pictures and make things at that age anyway.

    • Little Darling says:

      I think she is doing it for a few reasons. She was raised in this faith, as many are, her parents are part of it, tradition etc. I was raised Catholic, I don’t care for the religion personally, I find it outdated for today, but my kids are part of it, yet I teach them faith and kindness and acceptance of all religions. It’s going to be good to Suri to be able to equate a religion that actually allows you to celebrate with your extended family. Katie, as a single mom with primary custody, is going to be leaning on her family for support, spending more time with them, so for Suri it’s going to be very different to be able to celebrate these occasions, which are important for family bonding, are going to be memories she will have when she gets older, and realizes on her own that the establishment might be a little shakey. For now though, this sends a message to Tom and the Cult, and also allows Suri and Katie to rebond with her parents and anyone else that they couldn’t when with Tom.

      • Tara says:

        @littledarling. Well said. I also think it will be a good illustration of
        A group of people operating within a belief system that allows dissension and fraternalizing with all brands of apostates :) . Seriously tho, I credit my catholic upbringing with a fair to middling grasp of grammar, but more importantly with the experience of learning about a belief system and deciding its not for me. And no one ever came knocking on my door or shunned me. IMO that’s a valuable path to travel; you get familiar with all sorts of landmarks and navigation tools.

    • Emily says:

      Every Catholic church does not blindly obey the Vatican. Even most American nuns don’t obey the Vatican.

      Katie has chosen a welcoming, inclusive church. And note this: the people of that church have different beliefs than those of the current pope. Yet they have not been cut off, they have not been excommunicated, they have not been told they’re not allowed to see any family members who are in more right-wing Catholic churches.

      These comparisons between the cult of $cientology and the huge and multifaceted religion of Catholicism do not work.

    • Playlist says:

      I agree with Mira – it’s more of a statement and a safety net right now than anything. I was raised a Catholic and hated it. But, if I were escaping a crazy cult like CO$ and wanted to protect my child, I’d find a church that was more powerful than CO$ and that would be the Catholic Church. I’d give my child a normal church experience so she could recognize how insane the CO$ is in comparison. Unlike the CO$, nothing says they have to join for life. If I went through all the crap Katie has, I’d be pretty grateful to God right now and a church would be a source of comfort in that regard. It’s as much a move for the mother as it is for her child.

      Rumor has it that Katie might enroll Suri in the same private NYC French school that other celeb’s have used. Katie may be feeling out this new church first before deciding whether Catholic school is an option. NYC public school would not offer a lot of protection for Suri, so I’m guessing it would be a no.

      It’s so great seeing Suri and Katie blossom from their robot looks to normal happy people enjoying the simple things in life.

    • jwoolman says:

      I don’t think she ever left. She said a long time ago that she could be both Catholic and Scientologist. If you’re baptized Catholic as a baby, that’s what you are even if you don’t attend Mass etc. until you yourself decide you’re not (heretics like me). “Registering” at a parish must just mean getting your name and address on a mailing list for parish business if you want to be definitely associated with a particular parish. There’s no requirement for it. Catholics attend Mass at any convenient church without prior notice (my mom chose many Sundays according to which one had the latest Mass…). No biggie.

      There are no more pedophiles among Catholics than in any group, there are just a heck of a lot of Catholics in the US (at least 25% of the population) and in the world (50% of all Christians). So the numbers look big when incidents reach the media. But a vow of celibacy doesn’t make a man a pedophile… Really, think about it. Children are most likely to be molested within the family, especially by non-celibate fathers. Pedophiles who have access to children in isolated situations (parents, priests, ministers, rabbis, teachers, coaches, scout leaders, etc.) are dangerous. But are all coaches pedophiles because of Sandusky? That situation was covered up for many years also, because that’s what has been done for ages everywhere. Protestant churches protected their pedophiles and other sexual predators, too. Things are changing, and that’s good. But I wouldn’t keep children away from Catholic priests any more than I would keep them away from gym class and Little League or scouts. Just make sure to keep an open line so the kid can safely report anything that makes him or her feel uncomfortable, and make sure your kids know that they can say no to an adult.

  13. Agnes says:

    Well done all around, Katie! And I don’t feel bad for Tom, not a bit. He’s a megalomaniac crazed control freak.

  14. Liberty says:

    What did it take to leave a magical flying space alien god? A cheap phone and a strong family. Team Katie all the way. Look at the way Grandma Holmes is gazing at Suri as Suri interacts like a normal little kid with the sheep at the petting zoo. Grandma must be feeling such intense relief, hope and joy in spite of the need for those awesome bodyguards (who look ready to fling Co$ ass over the treetops).

    • gg says:

      I just got a funny visual of crazies flying over treetops at the zoo. lol

      A little clar though – Zenu is akin to the big devil in their cult, not their deity. But we all use the name of Zenu however we want here so I catch your drift.

      • Liberty says:

        Thanks for the clarification (sorry,long day at work and just getting back to this thread) — I have to learn their cast of crazy characters! In this case I was imagining Tommy Boy in his little rocket booster lifts (“get 10x taller instantly!”) as their super secret second god thing lol! He can read minds! He can dress like a tiny derb and shoot fake guns for millions! He is their magical check writing, punch-drinking super boy! God, Katie is probably still squealing with joy to be leaving this goofiness behind.

  15. Lizzie K says:

    I agree about Tom having a breakdown. I know he’s brainwashed and crazy, but at some point the cognitive dissonance will probably get to him. Co$ is supposed to make things BETTER. How is this better? He’s lost the little girl he loves, and his ex is looking like a saintly heroine, while he looks like a cult freak.

    • bluhare says:

      The key word there is brainwashed. If that’s true, he’s being abused as much as he abused Katie.

      I think this whole settlement situation was designed to keep Tom in, and the only way to do that was to let Katie go and let Tom see his daughter. We’re all assuming he is totally on board with all the COS stuff here, and this may have given him enough pause to make Napoleon Miscavige nervous.

    • Mira says:

      Tom isn’t brainwashed. Most Tom theories are conjuncture, imo. He has never said he’s been abused by CO$ and we should take him at his word. Saying that he’s brainwashed is implying that he wasn’t sane when he joined or chose CO$. He’s more of an extreme believer of what he thinks is his faith. We shouldn’t make him out be as someone who isn’t capable of decision-making or that he doesn’t have control over his own thinking. He’s perfectly sane and he’s made a choice. The only problem as I see is his choice in women. There is a conflict between his faith and his profession. He’s bound to meet beautiful, talented women through his work and he falls in love. It’s obvious that he believes in the institution of marriage. He marries them only to realize they bail out on CO$ eventually. So, there’s a part in him that admires or appreciates or is attracted to independent, strong women. However, there’s also a part in him that is deeply committed to scientology. These two parts seem irreconcilable. The only solution to all the drama around him is to find a CO$ chick. Make babies with that chick and raise them as aliens or whatever. Make big movies, earn money for hollywood and himself. Don’t talk about Scientology during interviews. Make sure rooms have windows. Everyone is happy.

    • gg says:

      I think he thinks he IS on top of the situation. Considering the huge amount of denial he already has, what’s one more lie?

  16. sharron 'team Suri' says:

    It’s a bit sad that she “still loves” Tom and he clearly still loves her (I changed my mind about him being gay a while back & think the gay blinds are just sh*t-stirring)… yet they can’t work it out because of a “religion” getting in the way :-(

  17. Nonny says:

    I have the utmost respect and admiration for Katie Holmes for putting the needs of her daughter before everything else and making sure that child gets a normal, safe upbringing. She did a courageous thing and should be applauded for it.

  18. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    Admit it girls you’re all devastated that this separation reached settlement so quickly, aren’t you? Y’all wanted more drama, dirt and gossip didn’t you?

  19. Amy says:

    I wonder if a family dog is in Suri’s future….

  20. DanaG says:

    It could be that before Katie couldn’t discipline Suri because Tom and his team see her as a little adult who is allowed to do what she wants. I think Katie wanted to be a proper mother and have rules which kids actually love they make them feel safe. If someone told me they were going to tell my husband on me for trying to teach my child right from wrong and I knew he would take their side over mine then yep alarm bells would be ringing. It’s another reason why Suri shouldn’t be with Tom for long periods she would get too confused. Also I can see Tom using it for his advantage, see how fun I am Suri? You can do whatever you want with me. No wonder Nicole’s kids turned. Hopefully Katie and her family will protect her. Joining the Catholic Church isn’t that weird she was Catholic growing up her parents are strict Catholic and she want’s to raise her daughter like she was raised. Yes the Catholic Church have some demons of their own but they generally don’t enslave children or force abortions! Tom with all his powers should be above having a breakdown if he does I doubt we will be hearing about it. With all his work lined up he is going to have to make it a very short one.

  21. Sue says:

    Blindsided? Isn’t this exactly what he did to Nicole? What goes around comes around, Tommy…….

  22. Lady_Luck says:

    lol bedhead. Those mysterious animals are called sheep ;-)

  23. mary jane says:

    If Suri is receiving the sacraments then her First Holy Communion is coming up in two years! (And her Baptism prior to that)

    Anyway, these revelations are so so interesting. It must really suck having to deal with the father of your child for the rest of your life when he is clearly ruthless.

    I imagine Katie is getting into therapy …why she married this guy… why she didn’t take her time….why it was all a big rush.

    • jwoolman says:

      Bet she’s already baptized. Her mom definitely identified as Catholic when she was born and Tom told her she could be Catholic and into Scientology. If Suri wasn’t baptized in a church ceremony (not sure why not), Katie or her parents or anybody (even a non-Catholic or a heretic like me) could have done it any time. Just say “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”, usually making the sign of the cross but not essential, and sprinkle a little water (or whatever liquid you have handy) on the baby’s head. No dunking required. Catholics baptize them very young, and if there is any problem with the birth (or a miscarriage) or reason to believe the baby might die, they will do it on the spot. Baptism does not require a priest or a church. Neither does the sacrament of matrimony, actually- the priest is a witness but the couple administers the sacrament themselves. Just another Catholic factoid… You can see I paid attention in school.

  24. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Confused here. If Katie was being watched & reported on, how did it escape notice she was firing Isobel Cruise, looking miserable all the time in pap pix, looking for an apart aren’t in NYC & moving in, even with disposable cell phones?

    • Chatcat says:

      Bored…Tom is a narcissist. All those things you mention were apparent, but Tiny Tom would never believe what he saw or if any of her handlers told him. It really is that simple to understand if you have dealt closely with NPD.

    • Persnickety says:

      Katie rebelled against TC the only way she could: http://blindgossip.com/?p=43744

      I remember thinking how depressed and trapped she looked the last couple of years — you could literally see the bloom leaving the rose. How relieved I was each time a “baby #2?” rumor was dispelled. That would have doomed her.

      Once she got the burner phone, she could have had her parents or private staff or friends line up the apartment for her. I think it really was an escape; if TC had had ANY clue she was trying to leave, they would have drugged her (again?), separated her from Suri, or pulled some heavy-handed maneuvers to keep her in line.

  25. marie says:

    I really want to know if Tom’s tried to fly? Did he stand on his rooftop and flap his arms, call to the birds to make sure he’s doing it right? Seriously, this is the picture I’d love to see..

    • hoya_chick says:

      Lol Marie, that’s what I thought too. If someone told me that I had achieved this immense mental clarity and could fly the first thing I would do is jump off a building and see what happens……you have to wonder if people really believe that nonsense!?! Jeez Tom, crazy much?

      I think suri looks just like Katie in these pics! So adorable and comfortable. The mail opening, the not being able to discipline suri, controlling when she saw her family….all signs of abuse. Glad she got out. The last sentence of this post made me giggle. That visual will definitely get me through this tedious day.

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      When attempting to fly, ALWAYS start at ground level!

      Word.

  26. dorothy says:

    All I can say is wow. The more that comes out about TC, the more I realize that he just must be mentally unstable.

  27. Eleonor says:

    I am happy to see Suri doing kids stuff, and that the photos were taken from a certain distance, so she’s not scared.

  28. Rianic says:

    I read on some off site last night that Katie hates Suri’s name and has taken to calling her Scout, from To Kill a Mockinbird. I wonder if this is true? Could Tommy Girl have chosen a a name wo his KATE? It also said she wants to change Suri’s name to Suri Cruise Holmes

  29. Jen says:

    If she was able to do all that divorce planning w/o Tom knowing, surely she could have taken Suri out for normal kid outings before now? Honestly I cannot see Tom complaining about her taking Suri to the park or zoo.

    It’s great that she’s FINALLY treating Suri like a kid . . . but she does have to shoulder some blame for taking 6 years to do so.

    • Embee says:

      I think it’s apples and oranges. She gets the phone, hides it in her purse and takes a sanctioned outing to Starbucks, shopping, whatever. Hits the head and makes a surreptitious call to Dad re: status. Dad gets an apt, retains a lawyer, etc as a result of where they stand.

      Taking Suri out to do something “unauthorized” would have requried direct defiance, bringing more attention to her “wayward” behavior.

    • colt13 says:

      Even nicer to see Suri act like a kid. One of the pictures has her smiling, and I have rarely seen that in the past.

  30. kityafey says:

    I think the bigger story here is that Bedhead did not know those were sheep, ROFL!

  31. Khalesi says:

    I can’t wait to see TC breakdown during the media parade and interviews for his upcoming films…

  32. Michelle says:

    Did you just say you don’t know what sheep and goats look like? are you kidding? You’re kidding, right?

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      Just don’t! I was already cracking up.
      Who doesn’t recognize a sheep and a goat? Even people in the burbs go to the fair, right?

      C’mon, you don’t recognize a nice leg of lamb when you see it? :)

      • Lem says:

        I took my Paul Bunyan sized city husband to a petting zoo and he flipped out . “What the bleep are those?” I never laughed so hard as he tried to climb up and away from goats, who jumped up on the table next to him.
        I went back to the office to buy a bag of goat feed (rabbit food) and returned to find the 6 legged bull ramming the rails trying to ‘get him’
        Some people aren’t meant to be near animals.
        He lost a shoe and half a pair of shorts to the goats that day, has a wonderful story about a 6 legged bull and a 6,000 lb prairie dog, and has cursed the farm ever since ;)

      • Chatcat says:

        Hi Tiff!

        I make a lovely leg of lamb, with roasted potatoes and served with a side of mint jelly …Yummy!

        I refuse to serve goat cheese though…nasty.

        :)

      • Chatcat says:

        Bedhead…I am not a vegetarian but I was totally kidding about the roasted leg of lamb. I am totally a dog person and love my 85 lb choc lab baby girl to death!

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Me too, Bedhead. I don’t eat lamb, just joking.
        Hey Chat! What’s with the goat cheese hate, I have an addiction to it!
        My friend who has my horses on her ranch has the sweetest pygmy goats, the babies are like tiny chihuahua size. Adorable!
        She has chickens too and doesn’t even kill the useless roosters. My horses are rescues, I’m an animal softie.

        That said, while riding and skiing I have seen everything. Bear, moose, turkey, coyote, mountain lion, lynx, fox,snakes, eagles, boar, cows, I love seeing them in the wild. I hate zoos. I always feel safe on my horse, thank goodness.

        I love the husband at the petting zoo story. There is always someone that animals go for.

    • Cassie says:

      A week ago I said to my 10 year old cousin look at the goats…

      His answer where I can only see sheep

      He was looking at 4 goats

      Growing up in town can do that apparently lol

      I couldn’t stop laughing

  33. Jayna says:

    Let’s face it, the divorce happened quickly. All the rag mags now are going to be trying to keep it going with stories. A good portion will be made up. Katie won’t be leaking anymore because I’m sure there is an ironclad agreement in the divorce for her to stop. She had this planned for a long while and it looks like it was set to happen while he was far away in Iceland, so I highly doubt this story, that this incident did it or that it even happened there in Iceland during a visit.

  34. becky says:

    there’s a girl in the same outfit as suri, oh no

  35. ladybert62 says:

    WOW!

    That marriage was indeed a prison.

    Are you kidding me? $130,000 PER MONTH for alimony and child support!!!!!

    Dang!!!

  36. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t see him “fighting for Suri”, but instead rolling over and doing whatever it takes to keep the cult happy.
    Katie is quite good at making a loud statement without saying a word! Rejoining the Catholic Church certainly did that.
    I don’t believe she still loves him.

  37. Dibba says:

    Now she just needs to put the kid in therapy for her coup de gras

  38. RHONYC says:

    i would snap too!

    that’s a huuuge no-no in Mom Rules 101. even Nana can get her head bitten off for trying in tell mom that she can’t discipline her own child.

    i can see Katie all “hell’s to the naw” about it too. lol

    good for you Katie.

    now, who remembers how great the ice cold penguin exhibit is at the CPZ on a hot ass day like today?

    let’s go! :-D

  39. Nicolette says:

    I love seeing Suri out and about enjoying herself. She’s finally around other children and it’s wonderful. Katie has really won me over in the past several weeks. She is a loving Mom that will do whatever she needs to for her child. I’m so happy to see them free from the clutches of Tommy Girl and the CO$.

  40. potatopeel says:

    I am sure that this has been written before but, I just have to add that it is so nice to see Suri with her hair braided or back with a head-band and actually interacting with other children. Finally she is being shown how to be a 5 or 6 year old instead of being treated like a minature adult – and glaring at people like some devil-child. Granted the media is heavy and “in their face” but – so quickly so many physical changes are appearing on both Katie and Suri. They both have eyes that have “life” in them – and finally!!! Katie seems sparky again. I am thrilled to learn that she had what it took to get the heck out of that marriage and the cult atmosphere. Hooray!

  41. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I was watching one of those entertainment shows last night (EXtra maybe?) and they had a Billy Bush/TC interview in which TC revealed quite a bit (surprisingly). But I couldn’t help but notice Tom’s behavior-does he have ADHD? He really exemplifies a lot of the characteristics of an ADD person-really hyper/jumpy, talks over the other person, lacks sustained attention to a topic, etc etc.

    I hate to say it, but he reminds me of a lot of guys I’ve dated in the past. I’ve been guilty of confusing ADD with “quirkiness” :(

    • Rachface24 says:

      Think I saw that one too. My husband has intense ADHD, but even he doesn’t act like that on his worst days. TC seemed coked out or on amphetamines. I know that CO$ is anti-Rx, but I don’t know about other drugs? They could also be telling him it’s magic Xenu powder or LRons ashes lol!

      • Chatcat says:

        Narcissist actions resemble traits of ADHD. Because it is all about them and how they feel the world revolves around them, they appear distracted, when they are simply disinterested in anything that is not positive/worshipping about themselves.

        I can tell you this is affecting Tiny Tom in all kinds of mental and physical ways.

        And does anybody else think it’s ironic that he is filming a movie titled “Oblivion” – the definition of oblivion is ‘state of being forgotten: a state of being completely forgotten’ and all the attention is on Kate, Suri and the overall cult that is CO$. Oh boy, tiny Tommy is boiling like a cauldron of scientology stew right now. Whooohooo!

      • Emily says:

        I don’t think it’s drugs. That weird, hyper affect is common among Scientologists. Auditing is repetitive and long, which gives people a high. L. Ron Hubbard also claimed that “clears” are REALLY ENERGETIC YAY LET’S GO WHEE. So when someone has been audited a lot and also believes this 2-year old on a caffeine binge thing means enlightenment, they act this way. There was a comment from someone at the Village Voice whose Scientologist brother acted like this at a funeral.

  42. Samigirl says:

    I’m with ya, sister. If I had to choose between my husband and having my children turned against me, the kiddos would win 100% of the time. I love every bit of my husband, but I couldn’t live without my babies. Makes me feel for Nicole Kidman even more. I know she has 2 more children, but it’s got to hurt knowing that C & I would rather be with TC than her.

  43. Lukie says:

    See, & I am just happy the kid isn’t wearing heels anymore…

  44. Barbara says:

    I watched a video of them at the Zoo and was disturbed by Suri’s reaction to the other children. It is obvious she needs more socializing with others. Katie made her escape just in time for Suri..

  45. Aussie says:

    #StellaX2 – agreed on very point!

  46. daz says:

    you don’t know what sheep look like ????

  47. littlestar says:

    I love that they interviewed a prof from my old school, the University of Alberta! Lol.

  48. Shelly says:

    Even Suri’s eyes look brighter now, now that they are no longer shackled to Tom. Her whole aura and demeanor have changed. I used to get spooky vibes from this little girl, but now she just looks like a little girl.

  49. fabgrrl says:

    So, registering at a church is made public? Sorry, a minor point, but who is releasing information about Katie joining a parish? She hasn’t been photographed there or anything, but somehow the public knows she has become a member? Creepy.

    • Inari says:

      “Hi there, random parishioner. I have this crisp $100 bill, which you can get if you agree to call this number and tell the nice gossip journo that Katie Holmes just joined your congregation.”

      That’s how you tell the Co$ to suck it without saying a word.

  50. Aria says:

    Did you notice that Katie went out last nigh alone? I mean without Suri. I think she used to take her everywhere because she was afraid of the CO$ staff. What do you think?

    • Persnickety says:

      Wow, great to read Katie’s life is returning to normal so quickly — going out for an evening while Suri gets to bed at a reasonable hour. I always thought Katie was only seen with Suri because she had no adult friends. Now we know she simply had no $ci-approved adult friends. Lainey said of the quick settlement that she could practically hear Katie yelling “Shots! Shots! Shots!” Let’s hope so. I’d gladly buy her a round!

  51. Asher says:

    Some time before meeting Katie, I believe TC was dating Sophia Vergara. But she was so spooked by the whole Scientology thing that she dropped him.

  52. fabgrrl says:

    On one hand, I think this was in the works for a long time. On the other hand, I could see the recent Iceland incident with Suri being the catalyst. An assistant, not even a grandparent or other relative, telling you that you “cannot” discipline your own child the way you see fit? Threatening to tell on you? What?! Even if nothing else had been going on, THAT would be enough to motivate me to get myself and my child far, far away.

  53. Ann Emmess says:

    Weirdly, the thing that gets me the most about Tom is not this crazy stuff he believes in. It’s not even this divorce.

    It’s reading about how much he uses the slave labor of the Sea Org to get discounts on stuff. (A custom limo/SUV, all sorts of lavish interiors, an airplane hangar…) He can never spend a fraction of his wealth, but he uses slave labor for discounts! He either asks for stuff directly, or Miscavige commissions it as a gift and Tom’s always delighted.

    This is the stuff of operas and dissertations. How does a *movie star* get so megalomaniacal as to imagine that this is okay…to keep his image…to keep his humanity?

    He’s going to be remembered by history…but I think his movies will all be forgotten.

  54. TG says:

    Katie’s mom is probably for the first time really getting to know her granddaughter and her granddaughter is probably just getting to know how much her grandmother loves her. I am so happy they escaped the clutches of the Co$ goons and the tiny megalomaniacs that are at the top of the cult.

  55. Kim says:

    COS reminds me more and more of the Pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers…

  56. Paloma says:

    If it’s true that she could only see her family when permitted, that would have been my breaking point; even if I were her young age and totally consumed by Tom.

    • Kim says:

      Agreed. She stayed in exchange for money and fame – sad.

    • Embee says:

      It’s unlikely he said to her “You’ll only see your family when I say so, bitch.” Controlling people are much more subtle and charming than that, and they have all these “loving” excuses for their behavior.

      “Oh, Kate, I will have my staff open your mail. I don’t want you to be exposed to death threats/potentially harmful substances/ etc. As the wife of the biggest movie star on the planet you’ll be subject to those things and I want to protect you from all that!”

      Also, “I know you love your family and I want you to see them! However, why don’t you have them meet you here at our house so that my staff can ensure your privacy? You know how disconcerting the paps are to non-celebrities like your parents.”

      I’ve been there with a powerful man and it only becomes obvious down the line. The term they use is “grooming”. I like the analogy of the frog being in a pot of water under which someone is slowly turning up the heat. You hardly notice that you’re being boiled until it is too late.

  57. Kim says:

    Why did Katie put up with this control even before having Suri? She sold her soul for money & fame by marrying Tom KNOWING he was a scientoligst whose life revolved around scientology. She was blinded by money & fame. Just to bad she didnt leave before bringing a child into this mess.

    Im glad Katie is doing what is best for Suri but it must be confusing for Suri to go from scientology to Catholocism so quickly.

    • moxylady007 says:

      @ Kim-

      This keeps being said, but since people keep asking it bears repeating.

      Katie was a victim of a controlling, and emotionally abusive partner. Many women have been over the course of time and will continue to be. Its a horrible place to be in, and because you dont understand it, that makes me happy because it means you have never been there. And I hope you never will.

      But people like Tom Cruise dont start out controlling, telling her not to see her family, and watching everything she does. The controlling aspect amps up as the relationship progesses, as you fall more in love but also are pulled more under their spell. You dont even know you have been isolated, or things have gotten as bad as they have, or how it even all started. Its crazy how so many people do this to their partners without some sort of manual.

      But it does happen. Women who are in bad relationships dont need your blame or your disbelief. They are in hell already. Just know that this wasnt what they thought they were getting into, and that they are victims and deeply unhappy.

    • eileen says:

      I can answer this as best as I can. I moved out on my own at 17 and never looked back. I’ve always been independent, free spirit who takes shit from no one. At 26 I met my now husband and we dated for 3 months and then moved in together. We were just totally head over heels in love. We had our daughter, then got married when she was about 1 1/2 years, then had our son 10 months after the wedding. I became a stay at home mom after we had our first born and began to see that he felt like if he was the one bringing the money home than he was the one who decided what/when/how we spent our money or where we ended up. Its so gradual, you don’t even realize it until its full on. I went with it for 8 years-at times putting my foot down and saying, no more…but he’d always BEG me to stay. Say he understands what’s happening and he will change. And he would for about 3-6 months, then its right back to where we started. You have 2 kids, staying at home, love your husband…what do you do? You want your family. You want your kids to have a complete family so whats a little sacrifice from you? Years later, your depressed, feel devalued and worthless. I was with him for 12 years-katie only 5-6. She went through much more than me, but I can totally understand how you get roped into something like that. You make a commitment and you love someone. You WANT it to work. Unfortunately, you can’t force someone to see things differently. The last year has been the WORST. He sensed I was unhappy and then the controlling REALLY started out of his desperation. I can imagine Tom was the same way.

  58. Suzy says:

    What a surprisingly normal outing for them! Sooo happy she’s away from that crazy guy!

  59. Mich says:

    I’m signing off when it comes commenting on Katie stories (unless it is something sensationally new). I truly believe that she wants to get on with her life and to raise her child as normally as possible. Already, they both seem so much more calm and happy.

    Tom Cruise stories, however, I am watching out for like a hawk. I don’t care if he started out as an innocent sucked in by a cult, so did every other despot in history. Big Boy Tom isn’t naive or a dupe, he a puppet master who is more than willing to allow others to be tortured over “principles” he doesn’t actually believe in for himself.

    Am SO interested in the CB thread about him threatening the Enquirer. Wish more people would comment.

  60. Shannon says:

    A break down you say? Hmmm…. That’s interesting. While I don’t see him having a break down, I do see his career taking a hit because of the renewed focus on Scientology.

    It’s funny. I few months back I saw a lot of commercials on TV for Scientology. They were basic recruitment commercials and I remember thinking the organization must have felt they had shaken off some of their past woes in the media. In particular, the whole John Travolta thing and Tom Cruise medal thing…among others. Those incidents broughts some really bad heat on the organization and they seemed to lay low for a while. Then Tom’s career rebounds and Scientolgy starts to make a come back. Now you have this.

    It’s pretty evident whenever CoS is in the news it’s always bad and the focus then shifts to Cruise and his allegiance to CoS. That ripples into his career and then voila… There you have the Tom Cruise breakdown.

    I wonder if he’s career will rebound from this? Though, at this point and considering he’s such a media hound/whore, there must be something to these stories that CoS makes him feel God like. You would think he would ditch them and be done with it, but he’s dogged; so, he must really believe in CoS. It’s kind of ironic really.

  61. ZenB!tch says:

    Unless you are excommunicated, I don’t think you are ever not Catholic. I’m actually curious since I quit when they announced the Fortnight to Freedom against Birth Control.

    • G says:

      Fortnight was about “Freedom of Religion” and being forced to do something against your relgious beliefs. Kind of like passing a law that says people that practice ZEN must eat meat or Muslims must eat pork once a week to help the pork belly commodity.

      That said you’re always welcome back to church it’s not a sin to disagree.

      Me personally I’m against the Catholic act of “confession”. I don’t feel I need to tell my sins to anybody but the one above. That and I don’t need the Priest giving me the side-eye every week. LOL!!

      • Chatcat says:

        G…I am with you. I am a practicing Catholic and haven’t been to confession in a gizillion years. Now the church would like us to adhere to those things, but they don’t shun you, badger you or excomunicate these days because you don’t. Excomunication by the church is very rare in 2012. It, like most things continue to evolve. Yes, it has it’s problems (uh sexual predator priests) but look at PSU (I am an alum) imagine my angst right now!

        I am glad for my faithful upbringing, it comes in handy in these troubling times…God and I have our own relationship going with no “middle man” though :)

      • Lira says:

        Just for people who do not know about this. Confession and communion are kind of optional, as is going go mass. Ideally, they should be done weekly or kind of constantly, but a lot of people just go to mass and that’s it, especially during those important dates, like Easter, or Christmass.
        Confession should be ideally done at least, at least 2 times a year, you choose who to go with and if it is anonymous or face to face. For me, it is kind of counselling, facing those negative things I have felt or done.
        My mother and father could go to mass and participate in everything except for a few things, including communion because he was married religiously before, legally divorced, but the religious marriage was not dissolved, they never asked for any of that. So my mom could not take communion either, she was sensitive abput that, but it was never a reason to just leave and change churches. A lot of divorced people are still catholic in my country, a lot of gays too, etc. Even women who have had abortions or people who use pills or comdoms. As I see it they do not endorse it, but they do not kick you out if you use them or get divorced, etc. They are your decisions.

      • Chatcat says:

        Lira…my Mom and Dad divorced but never had the marriage annuled so neither could take communion but neither left the church, but they were both hurt because how do you annual a 14 year marriage that produced two kids?

        Anywho, years later Mom and new hubby were there with us when I got married and the parish priest told my Mom that of course she (and my Dad) were welcome to take communion since they had received all the sacrements and so it went.

        Lot’s of people just like to make the Catholic religion out to be the big bad wolf for some reason (shoulder shrug)

    • jwoolman says:

      Excommunication doesn’t make you non-Catholic. It just means officially that you’re barred from taking communion (the Eucharist, the host, that little piece of unleavened or leavened bread…) which is usually part of the Mass although it can be given any time, anywhere. In reality, it’s up to the priest or other person carrying the host – quite a few are pretty loose about it, even giving it to non-Catholics who want to participate. And if the priest doesn’t know you’re ex-communicated, he won’t blink an eye… It doesn’t really seem to be a big deal nowadays. At one time the threat of ex-communication was used as an attempt to dissuade people from doing majorly bad things. My guess is that many American priests and bishops at least don’t really agree with some of the applications of it and just ignore it. I can’t imagine any priests I’ve known refusing communion to someone who wanted it. I suppose there are still some rigid types who would, but it’s probably a dying breed.

      People often don’t realize how varied and evolving the Catholic church is – it’s old and big and usually slow to change, but change does happen once enough people want it. In my childhood, I never would have imagined altar girls (giving the Vatican conniptions), English Mass (I did miss the Latin…), tossing of traditions such as head covering for women in church (a Kleenex held by a bobby pin fulfilled the requirement) and no more meatless Fridays (to my great dismay, the non-meat options for many processed foods declined as a result). An American bishop was asked about 20years ago about female priests, and he speculated that maybe they already existed. He said it would just take one retired bishop (nothing to lose) to administer the sacrament of Holy Orders on a woman and the deed would be done. He himself didn’t find the idea of women as priests outlandish at all. And there actually are married male priests already, generally converts from related churches who were already married and ordained. Some ordinations in other churches are recognized as going back to the original bishop Peter the Apostle, depending on whether the chain was unbroken or not during schisms.

  62. e.non says:

    it looks like suri had no idea what to do in the first couple of photos; but once she steps forward, it looks like she was having a good time.

    ugh, what they put that poor child thru. hopefully, the paps will gradually fall away as the story dies out. hopefully, she’ll have some idea of ‘normal’

  63. Tiffin says:

    These photos make my day! It’s wonderful to see 3 generations of female Holmes spending the day doing such a normal thing like visiting the zoo.

    In some pics I notice Suri looking anxiously at the other kids. Perhaps thats because CO$ kids are told that non-co$ kids are bad and not to associate with them. Maybe Katie was right and Suri was already on the road to auditing? But also, she’s only used to being around adults. It looks like she’s more relaxed in the later photos.

    It will take time, but Katie has definitely started Suri on the right path to the future.

  64. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    As an aside what you think of the name Suri? She’s the only Suri I’ve ever heard of.

  65. stinky says:

    i’m entertained at the notion of one of Katie’s “handlers” getting into some deep doo-doo over blowing this one.
    someone was a little full of themself, yes? they’re truly gonna narc on a mom who’s disciplining her own kid… w-o-w. thats beyond gross. how could you NOT snap and run away … good lord.

  66. Dandilion says:

    Tommy never dealt in real mommy against the bad people trying to harm and take her child away to manipulate not in a good way situation.. NOW he knows better.. Katie will do anything.. won’t stop till it’s over and it’s over when she wins and Suri isn’t in danger.

  67. MK Yarwood says:

    That is most definitely NOT Tom Cruise’s biological daughter. And you can type huffy sentences at my effrontery all you like, C0$, and it will still be obvious.

  68. G says:

    I agree it’s definately possible Suri is not even Tom’s biological child. Which is why he settled this so quickly. First thing in custody battles is establishing PATERNITY. Of course he signed the birth cert which is why I’m convinced Katie told him “SIGN ON TO MY DEMANDS OR I GO PUBLIC WITH EVERYTHING.”

    YOU GO KATIE!

  69. Tesch100 says:

    Am I the only one who sees this proclamation of rejoining the Catholic Church as strategic move to be labelled a submissive so Tom can’t see Suri? A smart move if she really hates TC or petrified that he will go against any agreement not to indoctrinate Suri in the COS. I do not think this has anything to do with religion and everything with what she or her legal advisers think are in the best interest of the child.

  70. tmbg says:

    That’s the way it should be! Suri’s finally getting to do normal kid things like visiting a petting zoo. I think Katie’s been a good mom all along. She’s just been under Tom Thumb’s constant control.

    I kind of understand the return to Catholicism. I don’t practice anymore, but do believe and decided to go back for a Christmas Mass one year. It was comforting in a way – sort of like I’d returned home. For Katie, it might be a mix of that and to get under Tom’s skin.

  71. MrsBPitt says:

    Katie is a Bad Azz…I think signing up at the Catholic Church is equivalent to sticking her middle finger up at Tom and CO$….GO KATIE!!!!!

  72. skuddles says:

    This cult disgusts me! What “religion” installs spies in people’s homes, forbids a mother to be a proper parent to her child, reports on household activities daily, monitors her phone calls, and on and on and on? Cruise should be very ashamed for getting involved with this crackpot cult and treating his wife and child like hostages. ZERO sympathy for him.

  73. Sparkly says:

    I was surprised that they seemed to be reaching a settlement so quickly. I’m very curious to see how the custody thing plays out. If Tom doesn’t actually fight, and Katie manages a break away from Co$ with Suri, that almost makes me start believing the rumors that she wasn’t necessarily his baby and a contract was struck.

  74. Dibba says:

    Tom at one time was going to be a priest

  75. Shy says:

    No pity for Tom. Remember that this man took his kids from Nicole Kidman. He took the mother fro children. How does it feel now Tom? He deserves that Suri would be taken from him.

    And how epic would it be if Katie would come out during divorce and say that Suri is not his daughter and that it was fraud? Or she would say that they slept in different rooms entire time? He surrender because there is some big dirt on him.

  76. blonde on the dock says:

    She’s a beautiful little girl. She looks so much like her Dad.

  77. Ravensdaughter says:

    They’re sheep, albeit very clean ones. What fun for Suri!

  78. cruiz2 says:

    I think her publicized return to the Catholic church is a big statement & slap in the face to Tom. She’s “cleaning up.”

    Does Cos even celebrate holidays? More fun for Suri!

    That crazy cutting picture-frame stuff is freaky!!!

  79. erika says:

    That is such a gorgeous pic of Katie and suri! Katie just peacefully smiling n’ suri’s got a twinkle in her eye! It is a sweet pic, you can tell they’re both just calm and happy- this has probably been a long time coming. YEAH!
    Just imagine what an experience this catholic church will provide, I’m not catholic/religious but I bet she’ll be grooving on:

    -normal, nice, happy people joining together

    -the quiet peace, ‘pretty’ pics of art, stained glass, flowers, candles, angelic figures that I assume decorate this church (and not the cracked out, Liberace’s bathroom décor that scientology had in that video yesterday…)

    -no statues of Xenu that crazy, cat alien!

    - at the end people turn to one another ‘peace be with you’ ‘and you’
    -Amen! Have a nice day!
    WOW!!! What a concept!

    DISGUSTING! As far as her CO$ handling –my God, it must have felt like gauntanamo bay! Seriously. That’s abuse. Pure ABUSE! Enough said.
    And I don’t feel an ounce of pity, not a drop for Tom. SICK. In a heartbeat he chose CO$ over his own daughter. He was ‘blindsided?’ so even caught off guard it took him less than 24 hrs.
    Suri? When she grows up she’s going to uncover a goldmine of sh*t about her father, basically? Your mom Katie, and YOU are second, third…in my own life. Just think of the abandon that she’ll have to deal with and what kind of answers do you have? Affairs, drugs, easy enough to explain but CO$? I just thank God they were spared. The steel resilience that Katie has is remarkable! To have held her own and have been strong enough to triumph against that bullsh*t.

    Thank GOD, and I really hope God takes a special watch over these two for a while, thank God she picked up on this sh*t and got out before it was too late.
    Tom’s sick. I wouldn’t touch that with any pole length. Mega movie star, handsome? It’s his BRAIN that’s f*cked up!

    If he HAS A HEART in him he will suffer a breakdown, I’m praying for it!

  80. Loralei says:

    Can someone please tell me why Scientology is referred to as CO$? Thanks

    • Lira says:

      Probably because of this: “church” of $cientology, or better , Cult. The $ used here is because they charge the exams, the sessions, the courses they give recruits anything to “improve” within the church grades. Hardly any decent church does this. Of course the rich people are encouraged to “donate” as it is a church, it will be an exemption of taxes. Winning all around. Free labor, money flowing, famous people being catered to as being the “succesful” face of the church.
      I totally believe that Cruise and his images was being used to promote Co$ to latins thru his association with Spanish Cruz And then with Colombian Sofia. I tens to think that the Cruise-Holmes mingling with the Beckhams, the Smiths and JLo/Anthony had to do with the branching and PR of his cult. Successful couples from different backgrounds being invited to co$. Nothing remains, but maybe the Smiths of all that BFF groups. Weird.

  81. Mary Stevens says:

    Suri will start first grade at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, a private Catholic school for girls on Fifth Avenue. Tuition, $39,500 a year.

  82. Ck says:

    I couldn’t read through all the messages… It’s just so many!!

    But through all of these pictures, katies face is interchangeable – THAT SIDE SMIRK.

    Does she have some sort of condition that I missed? Cause if not, that could be the one thing keeping me from being all “go Katie!”

  83. Kosmos says:

    I’m not fond of the Catholic religion either, but it’s a far cry from the Scientology brainwashing cult. I don’t know how Katie could have hung in there for five years..when she married Tom, she knew what it would be like, so I don’t understand why she went into it. She’s not the type to go for something so unhealthy as Scientology. It appears she still has the big bodyguards following them around. Unfortunately for Tom and Scientology, they are still getting a lot of bad press, congrats to Katie on going for it & saving her life!

  84. Hm says:

    Suri almost got a ponytail in that one pic! A ponytail!!

  85. Lira says:

    They lure unsuspecting people who are still searching something, getting to know themselves through offering personality tests, Of course they will find that you need to break free for something to be at a desirable, perfect state, and that where the free or inexpensive course come in.
    They sell that, of course it is a bait. The real thing/payment will come later, as it is kind of a pyramid.
    I found people asking prices of auditing sessions, some answered between the hundreds and even thousands for higher “levels”, but actually they keep them secretive,” if you are not really interested, why do you want to know.”, and they say that there are ways to get some things cheaper, like becoming an auditor and you get an audit session for free, for each you give… Really? So it would be like a job, but you are still working for the church! No benefit for you unless you are desperate oh, wait, cults prey on desperate people with needs. Faith, religion, spirituality, owning or knowing the truth in your religion should be for free! Even Jesus preached on the hills, for free. In other religions is kind of the same, prophets did not charge! In my church I decide if I cooperate or not, if I do not have any money, the door will not be closed.
    They us e e xcuses as for why they do so, being a new religion they do not have a lot of money… But they do have cruise ships for the rich members to be on, and the higher levels too. For being a poor religion, they rely a lot on success rich image and in luxuries other small churches do not seem to enjoy. All research by google.

  86. msw says:

    These photos of mother and daughter at a petting zoo puts other, older photo ops in perspective. Katie and Suri have been through hell. It is going to take time for both of them to recover from that experience. For what it is worth, I wish I had a father who was half as protective as Katie’s. He did right by her. I will be boycotting TC films and productions. He and the COS have enough money and done enough damage to humanity.

  87. dahlianoir says:

    I’m so waiting for a tell all book from Katie or Grown up Suri.

  88. Tiaranui says:

    Note to Tom’s PR guys: Hey lets stop with the “Tom was blindsided” comments and report the facts people. We all know the man can read minds across distance, time and space, he knew what Kate was up to, he saw it coming, no need for the lies tell it straight we ‘get it’…Tom is totally Awesome! ….Not…

  89. carlino altoviti says:

    For the very first time Suri seems a normal child.

  90. Catherine says:

    Nice story! Apart from the security, great to see the kid being a kid!