DataDog: good clear thinking. Thanks. I would add to your list an incident where a self-righteous elder makes a mountain out of nothing just to get at a brother he doesn't like. I know of at least one case like that.
Vid: I certainly don't share the view that pedophilia is innocuous or a sin without repercussions. Yes, it needs to be actively dealt with, not handled "in house." The current approach that WTS has is that if an offender doesn't't get caught for a few years, he can start carrying mikes again. (Woohoo!) I'm not so sure that that's a good idea, either.
Tale: true, As a counselor you have likely seen many of the slavering,sickos that most of these people here are thinking about. I certainly agree that the elders are WAY under qualified for any of that; hopefully wherever one of these cases pops up, the local police will be as competent and discerning as some of the more naive ones here seem to think they will be.
jhine: master stroke; my daughter WAS molested by a "brother" on the JW side of the family. I have had the go-round with the elders. They didn't call the police, they didn't even tell ME! Ii was beyond my thinking. My wife told me several years after more of what had happened. The "brother" had moved away and was then pioneering and being brother exemplary somewhere. He had better not show up on my porch or I'll be the one in jail.
But it DID catch up with him. Everybody wants instant justice, like in the movies. But those wheels turn slowly. That brother never claimed his prize of being the venerated, cherished family patriarch/congregation elder. I'm glad that I could have a part in theexecuting of a measure of justice. He never will, thanks to the change in WT policy. Whatever the motive, they are doing something.