The TomKat separation is already considered a prolific Hollywood divorce in the making, and signifying Katie Holmes’ steadfast severance of her marriage is her return to her Catholic faith. Converting to Scientology for Tom Cruise in 2005, Holmes switched back to Catholicism in late June, coinciding with the D-Bomb she dropped on Cruise. She enrolled their daughter Suri, now 6-years-old, in a Catholic school for girls on the Upper East Side, and registered herself as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan.
Did Holmes’ initial decision to convert have its consequences? Can a married couple house two religions or is converting necessary?
Katie Holmes was raised Catholic, but converted to Tom Cruise’s religion, Scientology, before they married 7 years ago. Speculators say that the conversion ruined their marriage, even suggesting that Scientology played a bigger role in their marriage than their actual love for each other. And their love itself is under even more scrutiny, since their overwhelming PDA and paparazzi hunger has been considered a PR project for the ages. In fact, there is much to question in their indeed questionable marriage, but let’s focus on religion for the time being.
When lovers of two faiths come together, which faith wins? Or, more tastefully put, which religion is worth one partner finding compromise in through their dedication? Many factors come in to play, including the level of devoutness for each partner and the strict adherence that the faith itself requires.
I’m not a religious person, but I understand that piety is definitely a formidable element in huge steps such as marriage. And when it comes to raising a child, a religious upbringing can provide strong guidance for your kiddo. Religion, depending on one’s degree of devotion, can shape one’s way of life and steer them through tough times and choices. Would you be willing to give your faith up for love? And if the tables were turned, would you prefer that your religion serve as the dominant faith in the household – maybe even demand it? Or if you didn’t have a faith to begin with, would you gladly adopt your partner’s?
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How do you feel about religious conversions for love? Can two religions live in harmony and raise a family together?