The actor's wife fought cancer for 2 years with chemotherapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the top hospitals in the US for cancer care.
John Travolta may be breaking away from the Church of Scientology, after being devoted to it for close to 45 years, as per Daily Mail.
In July 2020, actor Kelly Preston, Travolta's wife of almost 30 years, passed away after battling for life against cancer. The 66-year-old actor took to Instagram to announce the news, and it was very evident that he was in the pits of grief over her death. In the post, he also thanked the staff of Kelly's medical team, saying, "My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped."
Former Scientology members and friends have come forward to praise Travolta. They suggested that he openly crediting the renowned cancer center may be a sign that he is breaking away from the Church. According to them, the founder L. Ron Hubbard was "really opposed to chemotherapy and radiation".
According to Daily Mail, an x-member and open critic Jeffrey Augustine, said, "The statement was unequivocal in the support of medical staff... It shows they've backed away from Scientology."
Continuing, he said, "It'll hurt to lose your wife of 30 years... there will be grief, it's human. There's no acknowledgement in that statement of Scientology, David Miscavige, or auditing, there's nothing - that's critical, he took care of it in his own hands, this is a personal matter, like 'I don't need the Church'."
According to the founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, "cancer is not caused... it always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children or some other mechanism to bring about a condition known as cancer". He said this in a lecture he gave in November 1959.
Augustine said, "Hubbard was really opposed to chemotherapy and radiation. But people realize it [auditing] doesn't work when it comes to serious diseases. In the Church, they'd say you lost Jett, so that's why you got cancer, so we need to audit that out."
Augustine said, "[But] they did it with medicine. This was handled professionally and elegantly, I really admire the way he did it, he made Scientology a non-part of Kelly's death."
In the post where he announced his wife's death, Travolta also mentioned that he would "be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while."
This is another contradiction to another one of Scientology's principles. As claimed by Sam Domingo, daughter-in-law of opera star Placido Domingo and one of the Church's VIP members for 22 years, Travolta will be told not to grieve because Scientology doesn't allow time for it. She said, "They don't get a chance to ever properly grieve."
The reason, she explained, was that the Church's core belief is that humans have millions of lives and the body is just a shell, as humans are constantly reincarnating.
"Grief and feeling sad is very low on the 'harmonic [emotional] tone scale', a lot of them stay upbeat, be happy, it's very weird," Domingo said. "They believe the person has flown off, it's something to celebrate, they've gone off to get a new body. The concept of death is very different from normal. You see young kids saying: 'We mustn't be sad, it's great that mom's going to get a new body'. I saw with old friends of mine who were still in, their kids posting stuff, like 'we're staying upturned, upbeat'."
She said Travolta "would be getting auditing to communicate with Kelly's spirit... address anything they need to finish up. His auditing would mean that he can say a proper goodbye, so she can go off and get another body. Some believe where they know they're going and whom their new parents are."
Neither the representatives for Travolta nor those for the Church of Scientology commented on this news.