Letters to the Press

From Christian Science Committees on Publication

Il Messaggero

In Il Messaggero Rome, Italy

In connection with the survey "Multinationals of the Faith " published on Sunday, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Rome—[this denomination was] founded in 1898* by Mary Baker Eddy, as the article states—wishes to emphasize that it has no connection with the Scientology church (founded in America by Ron Hubbard in 1954 as the article also states); it wishes further to distinguish itself from the sect about which unpleasant incidents were related.

"I should like to point out," writes the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Italy, "that our Church has no connection with [Scientology]. Christian Science has been recognized in Italy since the early part of this century and has always been greatly respected. It has held services in Rome for more than 30 years. It has always carried on its exclusively religious activities in complete conformity to the laws of the Italian State and to the freedom of worship sanctioned by the Constitution. We have neither chiefs nor hierarchy. Ours is a democratic organization, composed entirely of laymen, formed solely for religious worship. The same is true of all the numerous branches of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, scattered for many years now throughout the world.

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March 12, 1979

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