Australia, New Zealand and Oceania

REPLY TO STEVE CANNANE – ABC LATELINE 29 June 2012 Census figures The Census figures are not an accurate reflection of the growing number of people visiting our churches and actively participating in Scientology both in Australia and internationally. The Church internationally has grown more in the past 5 years than it has in the previous 50. We are undergoing a large expansion phase, opening new, larger churches around the world to accommodate the growing numbers of parishioners. They not only provide the ideal facilities, able to provide all of the religious services to Scientologists that our Founder intended for them on their ascent to greater states of spiritual awareness but also each building is designed to serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift citizens of all denominations. In Australia we opened our new Ideal Church of Scientology in Melbourne in January 2011 and have increased the delivery of Scientology services more than 500 percent in the last year to a steadily growing number of parishioners. Internationally, it is the same. Last week a new Church opened in Phoenix, Arizona and this is the sixth new ideal Church of Scientology to open its doors in 2012. Others included the Church of Scientology Denver (June 16); Church of Scientology Orange County (June 2); Church of Scientology Greater Cincinnati, (February 25); Church of Scientology Sacramento (January 28); and Church of Scientology Hamburg, Germany (January 21). Other new churches opened in recent years include London; New York; Washington D.C.; Brussels; Madrid; Rome; Berlin; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Tampa; Nashville; Seattle; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Pasadena; Inglewood; as well as Quebec City; Mexico City and Moscow. We cannot comment on the Census other than that the religion question was optional. Wendy Honnor Religion is a matter of personal choice and Ms Honnor has always made her own decisions in her life. As stated previously, comments made by Debbie Cook are rejected by the Church and Ms Cook has since settled any outstanding matters with the Church. oOo
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