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Tony Ortega is in the middle of doing a "Scientology's 2012 in Review" series. Here is an excerpt from his review on the month of July, 2012:
Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Eight Days that Shook the World
Merry Christmas! We’re still looking back at this amazing year for Scientology watchers, refreshing your memory about what got our attention in 2012.
We hope you have plenty to say as we look back at the stories that mattered in the past twelve months…
June 29, 2012 will be remembered as the day the news broke that Katie Holmes had filed for divorce from her husband Tom Cruise.
But that morning, we were still drowsy after breaking a very different story in the wee hours.
At 2:30 in the morning we posted what we figured was a story that would shake up the Scientology world. Instead, it got swallowed up by the tabloid tsunami which rolled out later that day and quickly would become the biggest disaster for the church this year — and perhaps for any year — when the Katie Holmes divorce filing suddenly had everyone from TMZ to the Business Insider scrambling for stories about Cruise and his odd allegiance to L. Ron Hubbard.
Six months later, we’re at enough distance that we can now look back at what actually happened during that week in late June and early July, when Scientology’s numerous crises all seemed to erupt at the same time.
JUNE 29, 2:30 AM We broke the news that Scientology experienced two of the biggest defections since several high-level executives left from 2004 to 2007. This time, however, it wasn’t a case of unhappy employees who had decided to ditch the church. Roanne Horwich, daughter of Diana Hubbard and granddaughter of L. Ron Hubbard, had spent most of her life living at the International Base east of Los Angeles. Her escape is stunning, not only because of her own connection to the founder, but also because it now leaves only her mother Diana as the last Hubbard family member still inside. Horwich brought out word that her own defection had been preceded by one just as shocking: David Miscavige’s own father, Ron Miscavige Sr., had left with his wife after plotting their escape from the base for several months. The church has been noticeably silent about these two embarrassing departures, but more than six months on, both Horwich and Ron Sr. are still very much out.
LATER ON JUNE 29 News breaks that Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise while he’s in Iceland filming a movie. The surgical precision of her move leaves little doubt that Katie has Scientology’s retaliation machine in mind. Reporters scramble to learn about Scientology and what children of Suri’s age might face growing up in the church. On June 30, we point out that L. Ron Hubbard had written a “sec check” list — interrogation procedure — for children as young as six years old. We also had fun pointing out whatScientology marriage counseling is all about, and why Katie Holmes was smart not to get involved in it. (Part two was even wackier.) Cruise and Holmes managed to work out a divorce settlement in 11 days, but the stories go on for months.
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Here's earlier posts in this same series:
Scientology’s 2012 In Review: Debbie Cook Starts January Off With a BANG!
Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Debbie Cook Makes Us Remember the Alamo
Scientology’s 2012 in Review: Springtime for Miscavige