Leah Remini recently celebrated her daughter Sofia’s baptism into the Catholic church, two years after she left the Church of Scientology.
The private ceremony was only attended by Sofia’s close family members and friends, however, Leah later shared several snapshots from the day with her followers on Instagram.
“A very special day for our little girl and her Godparents @crabichuk wanted to share with all of you#baptism #catholic #newbeginnings,” she wrote on Friday afternoon, following the spiritual ceremony.
“For the record@leahremini and I have always been Catholic! Why we waited so long to baptize Sofia!” Leah’s husband Angelo Pagan added. “Hmmm… anyway it was a beautiful experience and our little angel is on her way to a more spiritual existence. God Bless!”
The former King of Queens star has a new television show on TLC titled Leah Remini: It’s All Relative. In recent episodes, Leah Remini, 45, has been opening up about her decision to leave the controversial church in 2013, explaining that she wanted a better environment for her daughter and didn’t think being raised in the Church of Scientology would be healthy for her.
“I decided I didn’t want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I experience and what I saw, the church becomes your everything,” she explained on the show, according to E! News. “It becomes your mother, your father, your everything. You are dependent on the church.”
“If you’re raised in it as a child, you really don’t have loyalty to your family,” she continued. “The church does come first to you and that is what we would be teaching Sofia. And I just didn’t want her to be raised that way because let’s say in 10 years if I don’t want to be connected to the church anymore, my own daughter would be taught to disconnect from me. And so I didn’t want to create that. I didn’t think it would be healthy for her.”
While many Catholic children are baptized as infants, Leah said the timing was right for Sofia.
“[Sofia’s baptism] happened at the right time, our daughter was aware of what she was accepting and that was beautiful to witness,” she tweeted.
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) September 5, 2015
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