As a professor and Anglican priest, Gary Bouma points out, that the Scientology religion is continuing to grow and today “is present in almost every nation in the world.”

“Scientology, like all religions, brings hope primarily,” he says. “And following from hope, the whole capacity to do things to either improve self or to improve social conditions, to help others around them—and Scientology has shown every capacity to do that. And I hope it continues to bring that hope to the world.”

Video transcript:

Scientology is continuing to grow at steady, solid growth around the world. It’s present in almost every nation in the world and has continued to build its infrastructure, its quality, attract people—appropriate to a religion that’s got a long-term prospect in the world.

I think that helping is always in response to a particular kind of need that could be highly local, it could be national or global and being alert to need and ready to address need is something that Scientology has shown its ability to do in the past and I would hope that would continue into the future.

Scientology is now, in a sense, moving into its third generation, children of children of children of Scientologists being members. And it is continuing to attract others who weren’t before in that it’s taking on a shape that is like other religious groups in the community, having a full range of age participation, gender participation. Yes, it’s taking on increasingly normal status within the community.

Scientology, like all religions, brings hope primarily and following from hope, the whole capacity to do things to either improve self or to improve social conditions, to help others around them—and Scientology has shown every capacity to do that. And I hope it continues to bring that hope to the world.

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