Cruise divorce raises questions about children, religion

Monday , July 16, 2012 - 5:16 PM

Katy Waldman

The case of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise brings up an interesting question: What happens when divorced parents have irreconcilable religious differences?

A statement from Holmes’ lawyer last week requested privacy when it came to the pair’s 6-year-old daughter, Suri, who may now be pulled between her father’s Scientology and her mother’s Catholicism.

The parent with primary custody decides in what faith the child will be raised. If Suri lives with her mother for a majority of the time — as TMZ suggests will be the case — then Holmes will have the right to determine how (or whether) the girl worships. This means that Suri is probably more likely to grow up with saints and Psalms than with hypnosis and the Scientology Code of Honor.

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