Monday, July 29, 2013

Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology: "I'm Not About to Shut Up"

Leah Remini | Photo Credits: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Leah Remini is continuing to speak out about her split from the Church of Scientology, despite efforts on the part of church leaders to silence the actress.
"I believe that people should be able to question things," Remini tells People. "No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."

Leah Remini quits Scientology, thanks fans for support

Remini announced she was quitting Scientology earlier this month, claiming she had been subjected to years of "thought modification" and "interrogations." The Church of Scientology has denied her accusations.
The King of Queens and Family Tools star fell out of favor with the church in part because she questioned the leadership of highest-ranking member David Miscavige and challenged the church's policy to isolate its members from their families.

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"I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct," Remini says. "It doesn't
matter, it could be anything. I thought about the family being broken up for some other cause, and I'm not about to shut
Miscavige's niece, Jenna Miscavige Hill, has spoken out in support of Remini. Hill left the church in

Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology: I "Took a Stance" With My Family

Us Weekly – 3 hours ago

Leah Remini is ready for life after Scientology. The King of Queens star, 43,
supported pal Holly Robinson Peete at Saturday's 15th Annual DesignCare
benefit at a private residence in Malibu; the event marked Remini's first public
appearance since her news-making departure from the Church of Scientology.
Remini was born and raised in the faith favored by the likes of Tom Cruise and
John Travolta, but left after allegedly disagreeing with Church leader David
Miscavige and some of the organization's supposed practices.
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Is Remini happy now? "Happy is a relative word," the married mother of one told
Us Weekly Saturday. "Yeah. It's a time of change." Specifically addressing her
departure from the Church, Remini told Us: "I think the fact that my family has
taken a stance and we are on a united front says a lot."
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In other news, the star says she has some major projects in the works -- including a
return to TV. "I'm deciding to do something right now and we'll know in the next
week," she teased. "It will be television. It might be in the reality, sitcom world."
A source previously told Us that Remini's exit was not a decision she took lightly.
"She thought about this over a long time."
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The New York Post's Page Six first reported that Remini had been supposedly subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modifications." A rep
for the Church told Us Weekly: "The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member."
This article originally appeared on Leah Remini on Leaving Scientology:I "Took a Stance" With My Family

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rev Paul King, diocese of South Dakota

blogger was sent these messages from the blog and wanted to refer to them on the blog that in his opinion is the most relevant.

"Anonymous has left a new comment on your post ""Thou Shalt Not Criticize the Legion and the Regnu...": 

Can I ask you, why did the Legion get rid of Brother Paul King (now a priest in South Dakota)?? 

Posted by Anonymous to How to get a loved one out of the Legion of Christ & Regnum Christi at July 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM"


Not knowing Bro -now Father- King personally, or his circumstances, I can only respond in general terms.

Members of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi can leave in one of two ways [to use cult studies terminology]; they can be 'walk aways" or "throw aways". 
Naturally, each case is different and the Legion handles each case differently [depending on its own convenience]

  • member gets formally expelled [very rarely]
  • members get sent away
  • members are sent to a Legion "backwater" so he can rot away, mend his ways, or....cope with the change and get a new life [see some of the members on the Quintana Roo Mission who have made really good lemonade from the lemons they got.
  • member is asked to leave to 'serve God in another capacity'
  • member is told he or she 'does not have a vocation' [and should get married: in this case the LC/RC superior pulls a new vocation for the member out of a hat]
  • Some members leave of their own volition and it seems that some have made a pretty good transition to a diocesan seminary or to the diocesan ministry. Don't know of any who has gone to another religious order [maybe the other order would not receive them], although we know of the group of RC consecrated women who formed another group
  • =========
Getting back to your original question my answer is "I have no idea"  But maybe yours was a rhetorical question. But taking you at face value, my spontaneous answer would be: 

'because he was no longer suitable or useful to the Legion.'

However, let's just think that Bro Paul, in a rare moment of true inspiration, understood that the Legion was not for him and decided to make alternative plans. This means that he had not been totally eviscerated by the Legion training system; and it speaks to his health and resilience.  I say "Bravo!"

to be continued