If they were really sorry they would change their position on child abuse.
Sometimes sorry isn't enough...
Hmmm ...do we really think it was lack of knowledge on
my first thought was that they were covering up..... for
Kinda like damage control......... setting a kid up
to believe ...it is just family secrets that they mustn't tell...
"Sorry" also isn't enough if you freely admit when you are wrong (or caught out) but continue to disfellowship people for disagreeing with you.
Many attempts to make an apology resemble the following:
"I apologize for whatever I might have done.”
If you were hurt because of something I did, I am sorry.”
“I don’t know why you are so upset. If I did something, I am sorry.”
“Sorry if I did something to offend you"
"Sorry seems to be the hardest word"
What do you have to do ?
1) offender acknowledges the offense;
2) offender explains what he/she did;
3) offender expresses feelings of remorse, humility, or shame;
4) offender offers to make reparations for his/her actions
Thanks for the post, cedars. On a side note, I face-palmed when I read "it might be best if parents described sexual matters as being 'private' instead of 'secret.'". As if "private" is less suspicious than "secret"?
Caliber makes an very good point.
Rather than admitting what it did, and making a straight forward apology, the Society is being hedgy by saying "...we are sorry if we caused any alarm...".
A person before a judicial committee giving such a half-hearted apology for a wrong committed would likely not be seen as contrite and probably would be DF'd.
From Watchtower though, it's the closest thing to a real apology we will get.