Tom Cruise’s children appear to be stepping up within the world of Scientology and are actively promoting its teachings.
Isabella Cruise, 28, recently took a new position as auditor in the religion, with the job of interviewing members to get them to reveal their secrets and confess their shortcomings, Page Six reported.
Three weeks ago, in a post for a church newsletter, she said: ‘This IS what I had been searching for. The missing piece. Suddenly everything began to make sense.’
Her younger brother, Connor, 26, is reportedly well-known on the Scientology scene and is said to be dating a rising star of the church, Silvia Zanchi.
Connor Cruise, (left), and Isabella Cruise, (right), appear to be stepping up within the world of Scientology and are actively promoting its teachings
Tom Cruise wanted Connor and Isabella to be members of the church from childhood
Silvia Zanchi is a 26-year-old from Italy who works at the organization’s Belleair mission, near Clearwater, Florida which serves as Scientology’s power base.
She belongs to a Scientology family and is said to be a prolific recruiter.
‘Silvia is pretty, vivacious, very nice and gung ho about Scientology,’ according to Mary Kahn, a former church member who had been affiliated with the same mission project as Zanchi.
According to church literature, Zanchi has already completed preparations to study the church’s secretive OT, or Operating Thetan, levels.
Tony Ortega, author of Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s Dangerous Religion, claimed that Cruises’ increased visibility in the church sends ‘a message to the rank and file that the celebrities are doing their part.’
He told Page Six: ‘Going public in this manner adds up to the Cruise family showing support for [Scientology leader] David Miscavige.
‘Miscavige needs to shore up support for Scientology. The Cruises set an example, which is huge in terms of his holding onto wealthy donors.’
Tom Cruise is considered a ‘deity’ within the Church of Scientology and lower-ranked members are reportedly encouraged to see the actor’s films multiple times, according to a previous Scientologist.
Connor, who has dabbled at being a DJ and is now a fishing guide, is said to live mostly in Florida, while Isabella married IT consultant Max Parker in London in 2015
Tom was introduced to the church in the 1980s by his first wife, actress Mimi Rogers, whose father ranked among the original members. He went on to marry Nicole Kidman
Leah Remini, who was a Scientologist until 2013, said the Mission: Impossible actor, 56, is like a god to the members of the church.
It was also reported that lower-ranking Scientologists are told by their leaders to see Cruise’s movies, with thousands of tickets apparently bought for his Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher franchises to increase the actor’s box office.
Cruise has been a member of the church since 1990 and is known for his close friendship with Scientology’s current leader David Miscavige.
Nicole Kidman and husband Tom Cruise pictured at Sydney Kingsford Smith airport as they introduce their children Connor and Isabella in 1996
And the actor’s importance was apparent when he and fellow Scientologist John Travolta were placed front and centre at the L Ron Hubbard Birthday Event on March 9 in Clearwater, Florida, according to Scientology blog, The Underground Bunker.
Hollywood stars Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted Isabella in 1992 and her younger brother Connor, also a practicing Scientologist, three years later.
Both would go on to live with devout Scientologist Cruise following his divorce from the Australian star, who he met while filming Days Of Thunder, in 2001 after 11 years of marriage.
Kidman made a rare public statement about her adopted children with ex-husband Tom Cruise back in November.
The church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard, (pictured) a former science fiction writer
The Oscar-winning actress, 51, told Australia’s WHO magazine on Thursday: ‘They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions.’
It has long been rumoured that Isabella and Connor’s commitment to the Church of Scientology has put a strain on their relationship with their mother.
She added: ‘They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.
‘And I am an example of that tolerance and that’s what I believe – that no matter what your child does, the child has love and the child has to know there is available love and I’m open here.’
Nicole previously told Vogue magazine that she had ‘chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology’.
‘I have two children who are Scientologists – Connor and Isabella – and I utterly respect their beliefs,’ she added.
In the 2015 documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, director Alex Gibney implied the controversial religion drove a wedge between Nicole and her older children.