Welcome to the board. Your sincerity is obvious, and I absolutely understand where you are coming from.
You said in a previous post:
And forget about history. Well, not literally, but when it comes to the history of the WTBTS, why bring that up and
build a case against it as though the WTBTS is "evil" because of it?
I find that a little hard to understand. Having been a Witness myself for over sixty years I have very vivid
recollections of many articles in the society’s literature about the history of the Catholic church. I have included a few
quotes in case you missed them. As you see they go back to the 12
My thinking is that if it is alright for the society to bring up the Catholic past, why would it be wrong for others to bring up the Witness past?
w00 12/1 p. 3 The Bible—Cherished and Suppressed ***
On the European mainland, the Catholic Inquisition ruthlessly hunted down "heretical" sects, such as the French Waldenses,
and singled them out for persecution because of their habit of preaching "from the gospels and epistles and other sacred scriptures
w05 12/15 p. 15 The Bible in Italian—A Troubled History ***
As a result, Bible burnings in church squares multiplied after the end of the 16th century. In the minds of the people in
general, the Scriptures became a book of the heretics, and that image is still very much alive. Almost all Bibles and Bible
commentaries in public and private libraries were destroyed, and for the next 200 years, no Catholic would translate a Bible into Italian.
w95 9/1 p. 30 The Cathari—Were They Christian Martyrs? ***
In 1231, Pope Gregory IX instituted the papal Inquisition to lend support to the armed struggle. The inquisitorial
system was at first based on denouncements and duress and, later, on systematic torture. Its aim was to eradicate
what the sword had been unable to destroy. Inquisition judges—were answerable only to the pope.
w97 10/1 p. 11 par. 7 The Word of God Endures Forever ***
Pope Innocent III (1198-1216)—who actively opposed translation of the Bible into languages used by the common
people. In an effort to crush dissent against the authority of the church, the Roman Catholic Council of Toulouse,
France, in 1229, decreed that a layman could not possess books of the Bible in the common language.
The Inquisition was used aggressively to enforce the decree
*** w02 3/15 p. 22 The Waldenses—From Heresy to Protestantism ***
In 1229 the Catholic Church completed its Crusade against the Cathari, or Albigenses, in the south of France. The Waldenses next became objects of such efforts. The Inquisition would soon be turned mercilessly against all the church’s opponents.