How Scientologists got audited in the UK
Fox Sports reported Thursday that auditing services provided by Scientology auditing providers is becoming more popular as the church seeks to become more transparent in its practices.
The church, based in the United States, claims to have more than 500 auditing centers worldwide.
But the number of centers varies greatly depending on location.
According to a 2011 report from the United Kingdom’s Independent Auditor General, only about half of all Scientology centers had auditing staff in 2012.
The report noted that the United Church of Christ, the church’s most prominent denomination, has more than 100 auditing facilities, with about 40 centers, or about 2 percent of its total, offering auditing.
The Church of Scientology, also known as the Church of Spiritual Technology, or Scientology, has been under fire for decades for its practices and for failing to properly train its auditors.
The church has also been under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud and for using its religious exemption to avoid disclosing its auditing practices.
The auditor general’s report comes just days after a new Scientology documentary was released by filmmaker James Cameron.
The documentary features auditing sessions of members of the church.
The Church of Satan, which has more recently been active in the U., was the only church to publicly deny its services were provided by auditing methods.
The church claims it is not affiliated with Scientology.
Scientology has not commented on the report.