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Three of Scientology's elite parishioners keep faith, but leave the church - 2009-12-31

F7.png Three of Scientology's elite parishioners keep faith, but leave the church December 31, 2009, Thomas C. Tobin, Tampa Bay Times

They advanced to the Church of Scientology's highest spiritual level, to "Operating Thetan VIII," a vaunted realm said to endow extraordinary powers of perception and force of will.

But Geir Isene of Norway and Americans Mary Jo Leavitt and Sherry Katz recently announced they were leaving the church, citing strong disagreements with its management practices.

Isene left first, a decision that emboldened Leavitt, who inspired Katz. Such departures are rare among the church's elite group of OT VIIIs, who are held up as role models in Scientology. The three each told the St. Petersburg Times that they had spent decades and hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach the church's spiritual pinnacle.

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{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | title = Three of Scientology's elite parishioners keep faith, but leave the church | url = https://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/three-of-scientologys-elite-parishioners-keep-faith-but-leave-the-church/1062092 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = December 31, 2009 | accessdate = July 27, 2019 }}