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The Chaplain is just one of many other ministers on staff at local churches who also provide lifesaving services to Scientologists. For example, some ordained Scientology ministers are highly trained in the Scientology technology of confessionals. They hear confessionals from any parishioner who has committed some moral transgression and who wants to take responsibility for correcting his past conduct. They also are empowered to grant spiritual forgiveness to a Scientologist who honestly and fully partakes of the confessional. When forgiveness is granted, it always brings remarkable results – not only is the individual’s desire for advancement on the Bridge renewed, but his life looks a whole lot brighter. True spiritual resurgence can thus be achieved.

Another minister on church staff who can play an important role in a Scientologist’s spiritual life is the church’s Ethics Officer. One of the main responsibilities of the Ethics Officer is to help parishioners resolve problems they encounter in their lives that are adversely affecting their progress up the Bridge. Trained Ethics Officers are able to help individuals sort out areas of their lives that may be spiritually distressing and preventing them from experiencing full gains in training or auditing. Ethics Officers also counsel Scientologists who are troubled by antisocial individuals whose intentions and actions are inimical to the parishioner’s spiritual well-being. As described in the following chapter, L. Ron Hubbard discovered the basics of ethics and developed many tools that are used by Ethics Officers to help Scientologists lead happier, more ethical lives, and thus become more able to attain their spiritual goals.

A Scientology minister plays a role that is both traditional and uniquely nontraditional at the same time. That so much of his work is aimed at helping the infirm, the estranged and the saddened is traditional. What is not traditional, however, is that he can do more than offer them sympathy and compassion that is based upon common sense and faith. With the tools provided by L. Ron Hubbard, he can actually better their conditions.


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