LOL @ The thread title! Great topic but... is the pope Catholic?!?!?! Anyone who says no was never a JW, or by some odd chance they never found out.
The RAMPANT gossip that was spread about myself and others (everyone) was one of the things that helped dislodge the death-grip that the organization had on my mind. And as is the norm, the WORST gossipers were always among the congregation "elite". It was the Elders, Elders wives, MS's, and pioneers.
I remember praying repeatedly about one Elder and his pioneer wife who were literally making up lies about me and many others. I was constantly begging Jehovah to do something about them and their abuse of their positions in the congregation. I had confronted this elder with a witness about the things he and his wife were saying about me, and he denied them of course... and continued to spread lies. So it came down to my word against his. Other Elders and people I respected who knew of the situation kept telling me to "wait on Jehovah", and be patient. "Jehovah allowes these things for a reason."
Nothing happened. He is still an Elder, and she is still a pioneer. They're the two most evil, vile, and despicable people I know. And I mean that.
Where is the so-called "bounteous love" that is supposed to be evident in the organization and make them so different? It doesn't exist. They're no different from the rest of humanity.