Scientology: Historic Growth

Toledo Blade on 3 January 2010:

In a tumultuous year in which most religious groups scraped by or tried to hold their own, the Church of Scientology reported its biggest expansion in history in 2009. The church that was founded in 1954 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard said it has expanded to more than 8,000 churches, missions, and affiliated groups in 165 nations. Its in-house publication arm, Bridge Publications, Inc., opened a 274,000-square-foot digital printing and manufacturing facility in Los Angeles that has the capacity to print half a million books and 925,000 CDs every week. It also opened a publishing facility in Copenhagen. David Miscavige, Scientology’s ecclesiastical leader and chairman of the board of its Religious Technology Center, announced the completion of a four-year project to produce 32 films of Mr. Hubbard’s lectures. The Church of Scientology also completed a $40 million renovation and restoration of the Fort Harrison Hotel, its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Fla.

New churches opened last year in Dallas, Nashville, Washington, Rome, and Malmo, Sweden (see ScientologyToday.org for more details).

The church’s total assets and property holdings internationally have doubled since 2004.  (more on the Toledo Blade website)

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