The Charity Commission has ruled that the Church of Scientology does not qualify for charitable status. It believes that it does not confer a “public benefit” and that it had not been established “for the advancement of religion”. The decision not to grant charitable status to the 8-million-strong global organisation followed three years of examination. The Church is to appeal against the decision.
Read Church ‘fails test’ for charity status by Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, on The Times Web site.