Tom Cruise did NOT leave the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church left him!
Long before he became the world's most famous Scientologist, the A-list actor aspired to become a Catholic priest!
Tommy Mapother, as he was then known, even attended a seminary school in Cincinnati before the priests caught him hiding a stash of hooch and begged him to never return!
Described as a mediocre student, Tom apparently smoked cigarettes and drank booze all the time (he was a maverick well before staring in Top Gun)!
A friend of Tom's says they were effectively expelled after stealing liquor from priests!
“(I) tossed about six, most broke, but we managed to get a couple and hide them in the nearby woods. The priests didn’t even realize until some of the other boys found out about our plan and snuck into the woods and got drunk. They were caught staggering down the road to the seminary and forced to confess."
Once the priests caught wind of young Tom's risky business, he and Jesus parted ways for good!
A random path brought him to the top of Hollywood and the Church of Scientology, but what if the priests had never caught him drinking!?
Would Tom have still found acting, or would he be giving sermons in a Catholic church?
Would George Clooney helm the Mission Impossible franchise?! LOLz!!
The world may never know!
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