Read below why I was surprised.
From this website.
Following the quick and unexpected settlement of her divorce proceedings, Katie Holmes has been doing a bit of house-cleaning in her personal life, part of which includes her return to the Catholic faith, five years after leaving it in favor of soon-to-be ex-husband Tom Cruise’s Scientology. [that is such great news isn't it?]
Holmes’ return to Catholicism is evident due to her registration as a parishioner at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City. “Everyone is thrilled to have Katie join us,” a member of the church’s choir told the Huffington Post. “She has not yet attended a service, but when she does she will be welcomed with open arms.” The church is known for its open-mindedness, particularly its welcoming of gay and lesbian couples. [WHAT?!?!? Is this really a Catholic Church? Well, I guess it is.....by name!] The parish’s mission statement says that the church “strives to be a prophetic, welcoming community, inclusive witness to the presence of Christ Jesus in our midst.” According to its website, St. Francis Xavier offers a respectful community, “where seekers and their questions are welcomed, where injustice is challenged, where the poor, the alienated and marginalized find a home, and where people are refreshed, reconciled and renewed.” [Such a ton of double speak there! No wonder there is such an impression that homosexuals think this is a safe haven for them. Or maybe the priest really is in support of such heresy.]
The warmth extended to Holmes from the Catholic Church contrasts Scientology’s reaction to the divorce. Part of the divorce settlement precludes the couple’s daughter, Suri, from being exposed to Scientology at all. “Under terms of the settlement, Suri isn’t permitted to be exposed to anything Scientology related and this includes going to any Scientology churches, parties, etc. Katie made sure that this was ironclad in the agreement,” a source told RadarOnline.
Despite the media scrutiny surrounding the implosion of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ marriage, the former couple have remained as private as they possibly can. “We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents,” said their joint statement.
Holmes’ new church has also played host to other celebrities in the past, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. [the voodoo priestess of abortion who calls herself a Catholic which Cardinal Donald Wuerl would not dare deny Holy Communion even if this woman publicly promotes abortion!]
Running a check on the Internet, here is what I found about the new parish of the soon-to-be former Mrs. Tom Cruise.
Getting out of Scientology, excellent!
Getting to a Catholic parish church which teaches Zen meditation? Ugh!
Nothing wrong with a parish ministering to homosexuals, but we ought to ask if it is within what the Church's teachings. Maybe those ministering to these men and women are teaching them that they "can" marry and have a "healthy active homosexual life while still remaining a good Catholic". Oh yes, that is being taught dear friends. Thank God I have not heard any yet in a Filipino parish, but in seminaries and convents, oh yes!
So, I guess those close to Ms. Holmes should give her a better alternative for a Catholic Church to go to in New York. I know the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have a house there. Maybe Fr. Andrew Apostoli can talk some sense into her.
And another question, how was she received back into the Church? There are canonical matters she has to go through you know? One is that she must have a public declaration of the Catholic Faith and in some instance I think, not much sure cause my canon law is a bit rusty, she might need to profess and sign her profession in front of the bishop.
But I guess, a parish that has regular sessions of Zen meditation would even care about all of these "canonical matters"
This is one of the times you miss the presence of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.