Greetings! Thanks for the warm welcome.
May I ask a few questions?
(1) Do the JWs subscribe to 'Sola Scriptura'? (just wondering, since it's your screen name)
"Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, "by scripture alone") is the doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness. Consequently, sola scriptura demands that only those doctrines are to be admitted or confessed that are found directly within or indirectly by using valid logical deduction or valid deductive reasoning from scripture. However, sola scriptura is not a denial of other authorities governing Christian life and devotion. Rather, it simply demands that all other authorities are subordinate to, and are to be corrected by, the written word of God...
sola scriptura reflects a careful tension between the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture necessary for its role as final authority, and the occasional need for its meaning to be revealed by exposition (Hebrews 5:12)...
By contrast, the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox Churches teach that the Scriptures are not the only infallible source of Christian doctrine. For them Scripture is but one of three equal authorities; the other two being Sacred Tradition and the episcopacy".
Based on the above definition, I believe we collectively try to be. Problems for us often arise from the "logical deduction" & "revealed by exposition" parts.
Like early Christians, Modern Christian Leaders sometimes go WAY "beyond what is written". This often happens when they focus to much on trying to "logically deduce" from the Bible, then "Reveal by exposition" things that God chose not to include in it.
(2) The advice you've given above sounds pretty good. Why doesn't the Society direct the publishers in the same manner?
Thank you. The advice is only my personal opinion. Why the Society does not, is not in my realm of knowledge.
From my personal experience:
a) Even when you make it clear to parent(s), they will not in any way bring reproach on the congregation or God by publicly going to the police, many times they still decide not to go, when the Accused is a close friend or family member. (This is a common human trait demonstrated by many Non JWs as well).
b) It's easier for Parents to go the Police when the Accused is a stranger or someone not close to them.
(3) In addition to contacting the Police and the Elders, would it be the loving thing to do to warn other parents within the congregation, so that they may keep their children away from the molester?
But those who do the warning must be very careful that the Accused doesn't bring charges of slander against them if their guilt has not been established yet. That's the slippery slop Elders must walk. One most Churches don't dare touch.
Can you name one Major Religion that officially announces warnings of "Accused Child Molesters" to the flock?
If the Parents go to the Police 1st and the Child Abuser is arrested on credible evidence, Parents relaying factual information to fellow parents of the Accused arrest and subsequent trial would not be slanderous, because there will be Public Knowledge of the arrest to point to. (At least that how it should work on paper. But Imperfect Humans always get in the way of the Perfect Plan )
“I made an ass of myself.”
- J. F. Rutherford