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Church responds to St. Petersburg Times series

Excerpts of 144 pages of response from Church of Scientology's spokeswoman Karin Pouw:

The fact is that the church has expanded more in the past five years than in its previous 50, with new churches opening across the globe and our social and humanitarian programs extending our help across the planet on a weekly basis.

Mr. Miscavige (Scientology's leader) has tirelessly advanced Mr. Hubbard's intention to provide the original lectures on Dianetics and Scientology to all people of Earth. The recovery, restoration and publication of more than 2,500 recorded lectures was a huge undertaking that Mr. Miscavige successfully saw to completion.

The fundamental books as well as books on film have been donated to more than 100,000 government, public and school libraries in 15 languages, as well as to other worthy institutions worldwide.

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The isolated instances of fundraising problems you raise, even if accepted at face value, must be viewed in perspective: in just the last six years, tens of millions of Mr. Hubbard's books and lectures have been distributed. The 16 complaints you allege amount to approximately 0.00000021% of the total, almost 80 million. The remaining 99.99999979% represent the hundreds of thousands of Scientologists thrilled with their contributions to their church.

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To make this material available to Scientologists and new initiates alike required a new approach to their production ... The Church established all digital, print on demand, religious publishing facilities in the 274,000-square-foot Bridge Publications in Los Angeles and at New Era Publications in Copenhagen.

Combined, these facilities can now publish the full Scientology Scripture, much of it in 50 languages, up to 500,000 books per week and 925,000 CDs per week.

Church responds to St. Petersburg Times series 11/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 13, 2011 6:00pm]
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