Final thoughts on “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”

Almost a month ago, I posted that I had begun watching “Leah Remini: Scientology and the lrs Aftermath” on the A&E cable channel on Tuesday nights (see here). Well, I caught the seventh and final episode of the series last night via on-demand.

This was an absolutely fascinating documentary/exposé of Scientology. Remini was a member of the “church” for 30 years and is now on a personal crusade to reveal the cult’s homemade “theology” and abusive practices. The bulk of the episodes consist of Remini and Mike Rinder, a former senior executive of the church, visiting other former members whose lives and families were torn apart by the church. If you have any interest in cults and how they control and abuse their membership, I highly recommend this series.

After leaving Scientology, Remini returned to the church she was baptized into as an infant; Roman Catholicism. Here’s a couple of my observations with regards to the series:

  • Not once throughout the entire series does Remini mention Jesus Christ. She left Scientology and re-embraced Catholicism, but in seven one-hour episodes she does not name the name of Jesus Christ even once. If I came out of a false religion and found salvation in Christ, I would be SINGING about Jesus! And I do! 🙂 I suspect Ms. Remini is like the overwhelming majority of Catholics who take some comfort in the institutional rituals and trappings of Catholicism but have never accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. But how could they? Their church does not preach the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through Jesus Christ alone. Remini never does name Jesus, however, episode after episode she repeatedly uses more expletives than a drunken sailor on the first night in port.
  • In the final episode, Remini and Rinder travel to New York City to meet with lawyers about possible litigation against Scientology. Prior to the meeting, Remini enters St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 51st Street, saying she wants to light a candle “for luck.” For luck? The viewer then sees Remini lighting a votive candle inside the cathedral and pausing as if in prayer. Next we see Remini kneeling in a pew and gazing ahead solemnly at what is presumed to be the altar at St. Patrick’s. Unfortunately, it appears that Ms. Remini has exchanged one system of religious shackles for another, although Catholicism no longer controls peoples lives to the degree Scientology does. But remember back just fifty years ago when there were many convents throughout America crowded with virginal Catholic women who were cut off from their families and were attempting to merit their salvation though self-deprivation and complete obedience to their superiors?

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first…” – Matthew 12:43-45

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12 thoughts on “Final thoughts on “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”

    1. Thanks. Yes, I am happy that Remini is exposing some of the psychological and even physical abuses of Scientology but moving from one false gospel to another is not going to help her.

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  1. I heard Tom Cruise’s lover Katie Holmes did the same thing…went back to Catholicism. Sometimes I think they make that choice because they are unregenerate still and go from one superficial extreme (Scientology: new, eccentric) to another superficial extreme (Catholicism: old, traditional). Good post by the way.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I hadn’t heard that about Holmes but I see via the internet that is the case. She became a member of St. Francis Xavier in New York City which states that it welcomes and “affirms” gays and lesbians and also has a Zen Meditation group. Yes, I feel sorry for Remini but what she’s doing would seem right in the eyes of the world.

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      1. That’s the funny thing about Catholicism, it includes a wide spectrum of beliefs/preferences. As you know there’s currently a HUGE controversy between the pope and conservative cardinals about giving the eucharist to remarried Catholics but for decades liberal priests have been allowing the eucharist not only to remarried Catholics but to non-Catholics as well. It’s somewhat ironic that the Jesuits were once the staunch defenders of Catholic orthodoxy but now include some of the most liberal elements in the church. The pope and Holmes’ church are Jesuitical.

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  2. Tom, I’ve been reading her book TROUBLEmaker and hope to blog about my impressions. I had no clue she had become a Catholic. Her Dad wasn’t a practicing Catholic and her Mom was a Jewish girl from the hippie generation. May God give her grace to repent and trust Jesus!

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    1. Thanks, Maria. I’m looking forward to your review. I got my information about Remini’s Catholic roots from this People Magazine article, which says “(Remini) was baptized Catholic and learned about the religion from her Sicilian grandmother.”
      http://people.com/books/leah-remini-talks-embracing-catholicism-after-scientology/

      Yes, let’s pray for Leah! There were so many disturbing things in the documentary but we don’t have to go back too far in history to find equivalent (and even worse) abuses in the RCC.

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