Katie Holmes Comes Home…

Five years after revealing that she had started to study Scientology, Katie Holmes has officially returned to the Catholic faith, registering as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City.

Now, if Cruise would just get his act together and come home too.

About Katrina Fernandez

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  • http://twitter.com/dferg David Ferguson

    So… Alec Baldwin removed the sting or rubbed salt in the wound?  ‘Cuz he was pretty much all downhil since ‘The Hunt For Red October.’

  • Ad Orientem

    I am not sue how far “home” Holmes has come. From what I have heard the parish to which she has attached herself sounds Episcopalian  in all but name.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Agreed. Still any step away from Scientology is good. 

      • Joanne K McPortland

        Not even agreed. For God’s sake, can’t we let people take baby steps any more? How perfect are we supposed to be, either as reverts or welcomers? St Ignatius is a parish in good standing in the Archdiocese of New York. Give it up. If a woman who has spent the last 5 years in an abusive cult feels safer coming back to some place that throws the welcome mat a few feet farther out into the street than St Straight as an Arrow and Never Sinned Once, what’s it to us? I HATE this kind of sniping. (Sorry, Kat. My brain was damaged in the heat wave.)

        • JMB

          St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier are two different parishes in NYC.  One is on the UES and the other is on 14th St.  St. Francis Xavier has a reputation of being a more liberal parish than St. Ignatius Loyola.

    • kenneth

      The twisted irony in the deep suspicion of her true loyalty is that this is THE defining characteristic of Scientology itself! Scientologists who show the least tiny sign of disloyalty or even sufficient lack of zeal are constantly subjected to scrutiny, interrogation with polygraph-like instruments and subjected to various “rundown” procedures to make sure of their spiritual and ideological purity. At the rate some corners of super-orthodox Catholicism are going, you’ll put Scientology out of business by stealing its thunder and methods! You’ll end up putting Holmes “on ethics” or declaring her a “suppressive person” in Latin! :)

      • Sacredcrocheter

        Excellent point. I’m somewhat surprised at the suspicious reactions because I thought that in the Bible, God says that Jesus is the only one who can judge the living and the dead.

  • Mamamayerle

    Not to sound too judgmental, as I suppose it is a baby step in the right direction, but if this is the parish she chooses, Ms. Holmes has a very long way left to go to be considered ” home”.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      I thought of that. Pelosi “worships”  there from time to time, when it suits her. 

      • Daftpunkett

         No offense, but I live in Napa Valley and Pelosi also sometimes worships at one of our more liberal catholic churches, yet several of my friends who are incredibly conservative go to that parish with no complaints. Maybe she feels accepted there compared to say a Latin mass or more traditional church where people can be rude. I attend the Latin mass and I’ve seen families leave because of rude or judgmental parishioners. She is back and for the moment, that is what matters. We have to pray for her and stop thinking she is still screwing up.

        • Romulus

          I must be attending different Latin Masses — in a dozen different cities, in Europe and America — because I simply don’t see the clannish, inhospitable, holier-than-thou attitude you complain about. 

          • Marialouisa

             I love the Latin Mass, and would go exclusively if I could afford the travel costs, but I have definitely seen the clannish, inhospitable, holier-than-thou thing.  I would still go, for the Mass, and the community improves over time, but it can be intimidating.  When I recommend the TLM, I also go with my friends to keep them from getting intimidated.

      • kenneth

        Drawing inferences about the nature of a church or congregation based on the attendance of a controversial figure is a dangerous game in any religion, but especially so in Catholicism. Taken as a whole, the Church has the range of humanity represented. The same Church that drew Chesterton and Mother Theresa and all the saints to its pews also counted every mafioso and the Borgias as members. A few of the Borgias even made CEO for a time! 

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

          I thought about this and Daft’s comment last night. I suppose if Pelosi had regular business that brought her trolling through NC she might stop by my parish and I wouldn’t want anyone drawing conclusions about my beloved church either. In fact, I bet Fr. R would welcome and give her one of hell of a homily. 

          Like I said above, I only considered St. Ignatius’s orthodoxy but no matter how wing ding battery the parish may be, it’s still a step away from Scientology.  I think people are lumping me in with the more judgmental of replies.  

          • lmo1968

            Because you agreed with the first judgmental reply, that’s why.

          • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

            I agreed with the criticism of the parish, not Holmes. It helps reading everything written here. 

          • MJC

            Indeed it does…and I read “hell” in one of your replies and asked “was that necessary?”. We should reserve raising “hell” loosely in our vernacular as it is actually a definite place. Let’s keep the word to its proper context.

          • pablo the Mexican

             A woman’s use of ‘Hell’ is always appropriate as in the first time I asked my wife to marry me, her ‘Hell, no!’ was appropriate and she should have stuck with it.

            When a woman is geared up for war and giving a man or someone ‘Hell’ it is exactly what she is giving ‘em: Hell.

            Have you ever read about some of the stories in the Bible about women, say for instance, Judith.

            Hell is exactly what and where she sent that King.

            When a woman comes down from the pedestal a man has put her on, he should run, and run fast.

            She’s ready to give some Hell.


          • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

            My blog, my rules. 

    • Costernocht

       Well, you are “too judgmental”. Like too many of the people in this thread.

  • http://orthometer.blogspot.com/ Fr. Erik J. Richtsteig

    Ummm, do we really have to take the evil dwarf back?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      You know I originally said “No, we’re stocked up on crazy”, but it would be nice for him to not roast in hell forever no matter how much of a whack-a-doo he is. 

    • Puff the Magic Dragon

      Fr. Erik, query:  Umm, er if the Holy Spirit does so much work getting him to the church’s vestibule, would you really lock the doors to the nave? the confessional?

  • tj.nelson

    I wish you were more like her. 

    Anyway – look at the people who think she should be a saint already!  They’re just not sure how far home Katie is.  Such perfection.  My my my my my!

    It’s a beautiful day here in Minneapolis.

  • http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/ Adrienne

    Whoa!  That’s big news…

  • Seraphic

    I can see why this should be public news, as Katie’s apostasy was itself very public, but…ahhh…how come the media knows about this? Did the parish secretary phone it in to the papers, or did Katie’s own P.R. people make it known?

    • Dennis

       Think about the NewsCorp spying scandal, and multiply by 100…

  • Greg Kandra

    Okay.  Let’s recap.  

    20-something Catholic girl marries 40-something former Catholic-turned-Scientology megazillionaire superstar and spends five years living in a fishbowl, dangerously close to something widely perceived as a cult.  This young woman finally decides “Enough” and wants out.  Among other things, she wants to go back to the faith she knew.  

    She finds a parish in New York City that is welcoming, affirming, consoling — and that gives her what she needs right now.  She doesn’t have to feel like the opening act of a freak show anymore.  She can regain some sense of sanity and, maybe, joy.  She can have her daughter baptized and teach her to pray and maybe even take her to Sunday school.  She can volunteer for its soup kitchen or sing in the choir.  She can rediscover what it means to be ‘catholic’ and ‘Catholic.’

    Most importantly, the former Mrs. Cruise will be able to avail herself of the sacraments,  reconnect with her faith and gain the sustenance and strength and GRACE that can only come from receiving the Eucharist.  She can heal.  She can begin again.  She can make a new start, and do it in the Catholic Church — maybe not in a parish you might choose, but one where she feels accepted and welcomed and loved.  Katie’s coming home.  And this isn’t good enough?  Really?  

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      I’m confused. Who are you addressing. I never implied it wasn’t good enough. I said any step away from Scientology was a step in the right direction.  

      • Greg Kandra

        I don’t mean you, Kat.  There’s a couple people on this thread who don’t think what Katie Holmes is doing is Catholic Enough.   Balderdash. 

  • pablo the Mexican

    Let us pray for her conversion and repentance.

    Truth is not our making, but
    God’s. And hence the Church in her history, due reparation made, has always
    welcomed the heretic back into the treasury of her souls, but never his heresy
    into the treasury of her wisdom.

    And remember:

    “Sometimes the only way the good
    Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.”


  • kenneth

    Hell, even I’d turn Catholic if my other choice was Scientology! As a modern pagan, I take a certain pride in knowing that one of the progenitors of our movement, Aleister Crowley, figured L. Ron Hubbard for a putz and con man way back in 1946. Crowley’s associate in California, Jack Parsons, was snookered out of most of his life savings AND his girlfriend by Hubbard, displaying the skill set that would launch the scam of all scams and would net much bigger fish than Parsons. 

  • Pearty

    I think people are getting worked up on this one because they’re wrongly conflating two different things. You can applaud Katie’s decision while still questioning the orthodoxy of the things going on over at St Ignatius.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Yes! Someone’s whose knickers didn’t get in a twist. Katie is not responsible for whatever state St. Ignatius is in. Lord knows I was brought into full communion with the Church through a very hippy dippy parish, that I eventually left. I chose the church for convenience and bc I didn’t know any better. But it was still a Catholic Church w/ sacraments and grace, everything I needed. Everything Katie needs right now.  

      And when/if that weird little troll of a man, her soon to be ex-husband, ever finds his silly way home I’ll gladly post about that too.

  • MaryRoseM

    As a revert myself I really do take great joy in Katie Holmes rediscovering Catholicism. Is the parish she chose to make that reconnection  my choice? I don’t know much about it but I don’t think so based upon what I have read. All I can say is that when I came back I was no where I am now in my spiritual development. God is so patient with us. Let us hope that this is the first step (as imperfect as it may seem) in Katie connecting with her faith and please God move on to a mature  Catholic (and orthodox)  life for herself and her daughter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeannee-Waseck/566016088 Jeannee Waseck

    I’m very grateful to God that Katie has returned to the Catholic church!  Registering for a parish is a very good beginning, especially as Surie needs to see a true faith – however, having had Nancy Pelosi in the pews would make me personally run out the door ;-

  • Manny

    That Scientology is even acredited as a religion is a farce.  There will always be people who search for something they don’t have, but why do responsible governments have to accomodate this  “pop culture, self help to an identity” nonsense?  I’m fairly understanding of various religious faiths, but Scientology is not a religious faith.  It’s psychobabble with glitter. 

    I’m glad that Ms. Holmes has seen the light.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      That’s giving glitter a bad name.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      That’s giving glitter a bad name.

    • kenneth

      The U.S. government doesn’t have the power to grant or withhold “accreditation” as a religion in the strict sense. All they can control is whether or not to recognize it as a religion for tax exemption purposes, and they can’t do that on the basis of an opinion that the theology or mythology sounds nonsensical.

       The IRS can try to deny exemption if it believes the religion is nothing more than a cover for a for-profit business enterprise, and the agency did exactly that soon after Hubbard incorporated Scientology as a church in the mid 1960s. Scientology fought that tooth and nail for a quarter century and ultimately won their case for exemption and thus IRS church status in the early 90s.

       Whatever else it may be, Scientology has proven itself to be one of the most tenacious, litigious and resourceful organizations ever created. They had essentially unlimited financial resources, thousands of followers who believed they were charged with a mission of literally galactic import, all under the leadership of a man who was both extraordinarily clever and vindictive. In the course of that tax fight, 11 high ranking Scientologists, including Hubbard’s wife, were indicted and several went to prison in connection with a massive operation in the late 70s to infiltrate the IRS and other goverment agencies. It has been described as the largest infiltration of the United States government in history, or at least the largest ever committed by a non-goverment entity versus a foreign intelligence service like the KGB.  That’s playing hardball. On legal fronts, the church also fought relentlessly with up to 50 lawsuits against the IRS, which ultimately settled and gave in to the tax exemptions.  

      For better and worse, we give a huge presumption of credibility to religious organizations which call themselves churches in this country. If you have a theology, and services of some sort and something akin to ordinations and leadership, you’re a church under the law. 

  • Tim in Cleveland

    I thought Katie Holmes’ parish replaced her with Maggie Gyllenhaal and everyone pretended not to notice.  It’ll be awkward coming back.

  • Rfrendz

    Happy Birthday Katrina! My daughter’s birthday is on the same day as Nikola Tesla’s birthday. How about that!

    • Rfrendz

      In case you want to know more about who Nikola Tesla was, here’s a link;


      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

        You commented on the wrong post, dad. I included the link about nikola in the b-day post above.