This question was posted by poster Chris Cross about a month ago. I have been wondering about this ever since. It didn't get any answers, maybe It should be asked again.
First I would like to thank everybody for replying. There is a lot of great information here. Due to my schedule I haven't had a time to reply until now...and still it will be kind of short. Is it made clear to a rank and file what money donations are done within the congregation? I am really interested in the msnbc story posted by Billy the Ex-Bethelite and I really think the question of where did the money come from for the pedophile lawsuits is important. Is it safe to assume that all money gathered by the WTS is ALL donations? If so, does every rank-and-file member feel that monies paid out for court cases such as this is kosher? Would a case such as the pedophiles mentioned in the news story contradict, in any way, any money policies set by the organization?
If I donate to something, I want my money going for what it is intended. If I was a JW giving to the WT, I would think it would go toward the World Wide Work, or whatever they use as a catch all.
Not paying off those parents who weren't watching their children from the 8 or whatever, bad seed, men, that were sneaking around pretending to be JW's. Thank Jehovah and his holy spirit, that they were all caught, and the congragation is clean once again. Those men weren't JW's. Why should I pay?
Even cities have accounts for street, sewer, bond issues, improvements. Money is earmarked for specific needs. Would this be the "Pedophiles "R" US" fund?