TomKat Split: Will it Mean a Split From Scientology for Suri?

   By drodriguez  Jul 03, 2012

Since stories of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ impending divorce hit news stands, media outlets everywhere have been churning out TomKat updates quicker than we can keep up. Speculative reports have stated that Holmes filed divorce to keep Cruise from further exposing 6 year old daughter Suri  to scientology, the controversial religion his name has become synonymous with.

Whether true or not, the idea that Holmes would be pulling out of the marriage due to religious differences in raising their child is nothing new and something many couples have had to deal with in the past. Couples who do not share the same religious beliefs may also have a very difficult time agreeing on how their children should be raised and making this decision after divorce can make matters that much more contentious.

If Holmes’ divorce goes through and she does not wish for Suri to be raised in adherence to Cruise’s chosen religion, is there anything she can do to stop him from taking her to scientology functions?

Maybe not. Radar Online spoke with Los Angeles based divorce attorney Grace Jamra who explained what may happen if Holmes attempts to keep Cruise from taking their daughter to practice scientology. Jamra says that unless there is evidence that the religion impedes on her development Holmes probably can’t keep her from practicing scientology with her father. She states, “If there are tenets in the religion that spell out certain ways to raise a child, and Katie doesn’t feel that’s working for Suri, maybe because she’s acting out a lot, or not doing well in school, or has developmental issues, then that would be what she uses -- the litmus test would be what is in the best interest of the child.”

What do you think of news that Holmes may be leaving Cruise due to his involvement with scientology?

How do you think interfaith couples should negotiate raising their children after a divorce?


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RavenDeadlocke by RavenDeadlocke | DENVER, CO
Jul 26, 2012

If it had become a larger enough threat to her to file for divorce I am going to guess she brought it up to him and he fought her. If you're 100% devout to your religion you most likely will not be swayed that it is wrong or uncomfortable to others of different religions. Katie is Catholic. She's obviously more comfortable with that. If Scientology is that bad to her she should be allowed to have a say. If hes totally rejecting that then its causing a huge rift in their relationship that will never be repaired unless someone backs down and gives in. That's not fair. I think Suri should be able to chose.

vanel46 by vanel46 | CINCINNATI, OH
Jul 23, 2012

Scientology had rented a old fraternity house years and years ago in my neighbor hood and they where recruiting but they didn't advertise as that , the advertisement was to do surveys and get paid, well I was all in for that but it turned out to be so much more, and it took me years to get out . There are things you don't want to talk about, and some you can't. I would not want that for my child .

blueyes211 by blueyes211 | OCEAN, NJ
Jul 10, 2012

Katie knew she had fallen in love with Tom, and she had fallen hard! No one goes into a marriage thinking it will end with divorce. She agreed to convert to Scientology and for awhile I believe she liked what she learned and studied of the religion, but in time she realized this wasn't what she wan't for herself or for Suri. There is more to this religion than what we realize which is why this divorce was settled in record time. The church of Scientology didn't want any more negative press, and wanted this to go away and quickly. One has to wonder why?

jemappel by jemappel | Rye Brook, NY
Jul 09, 2012

This is the exact same story as when Tom split with Nicole Kidman...she is Catholic and didn't like how Tom wanted to raise the kids (Scientology or otherwise). So Katie should have known what she was getting into. Also, Katie converted to Scientology herself! Maybe TomKat should have spent a little more time together and gotten married before having a kid so they could have talked these things out before bringing a life into the world.

thebeverlyhillsmom by thebeverlyhillsmom | BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Jul 06, 2012

I think there is a good chance religion played a part because it is such a dominating religion but I am sure there are many more factors as with any marriage then we will ever know. Couples of differant faiths especially strong faiths face a unique situation that may be why in part she is seeking full custody because then she may have religous decision making rights typically it is a 50/50 decison by the parent that has the child at the moment but given the oddity of his religion and potential for issues they may make another choice.

cocoabella by cocoabella | EL PASO, TX
Jul 05, 2012

I am glad I am not the judge on this case. This is a really hard decision. Do you withold both religions from Suri until she is old enough to choose? I think Katie is Catholic, but can't recall for sure. That would seem the most fair thing to do (for both parents) but then you rob Suri of a childhood of religious exposure.

Kay3131 by Kay3131 | New York, NY
Jul 05, 2012

I think she knew all about Tom's renowned commitment to Scientology long before she married him; she had lots of time to think about its impacts beforehand. Kinda makes her intentions - foggy at best.

aprincess7678 by aprincess7678 | OSWEGO, NY
Jul 05, 2012

Hopefully, from what I heard that is why Katie is seeking sole custody.

Gege4545 by Gege4545 | McDonough, GA
Jul 04, 2012

I think as parents they both need to come to some agreement but if neither of them want to do that then Suri will suffer.

mollyadams1990 by mollyadams1990 | FORT COLLINS, CO
Jul 04, 2012

Well, Suri is her child, too. If she doesn't want Suri to practice Scientology, Tom needs to step up and make a compromise. They're parents for goodness sake (albeit not very good ones, in my opinion) and they need to decide together what's best for her. Honestly, if Tom is wanting her to go to Scientology against the wishes of her own mother, I think it's selfish of him. I think he's doing it for his own... I dunno, beliefs I guess.