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Katie saving Suri from spiritual testing

2012-07-04 22:31
Los Angeles - Katie Holmes filed for divorce in order to save her daughter from undergoing Scientology auditing.

The 33-year-old actress ended her marriage to Tom Cruise - who is a high-profile member of the religious cult - at the end of June and sources close to the star have revealed she was worried their six-year-old daughter would be subjected to a process known as "sec checking", according to

During these tests the subject holds electrode handles on a device called an electropsychometer and is then asked a series of personal questions that help the church locate "areas of spiritual distress", but according to ex-members, it is designed to help kids spy on their parents.

While the person is being asked the questions, a church auditor collects E-meter readings from the device, which has been compared to a polygraph machine.

Help members remember past lives

According to former Scientology member and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, the tests often help members to remember past lives.

He previously explained: "If you're having a fight with your girlfriend, the auditor will ask, 'Can you remember an earlier time when something like this happened?' And if you do, then he'll ask, 'What about a time before that? And a time before that?'"

It has also been claimed Katie ended the marriage because she was concerned Tom wanted to send Suri to the Sea Organisation - a floating Scientology school.

Those on board the ship are required to commit themselves to the religious sect for a billion years and allegedly asked to disconnect from any non-believers. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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