So today I'm watching CBS news coverage of the Popes visit to America. First, let me say I'm not religious at all at this point in my life. Still a few things stood out to me about the news coverage of his visit.
First thing I wondered was if a GB member happened to garnish this much press (unlikely) what would his message be? The Pope's message was pretty much to promote love, peace, healing and forgiveness. The Pope also is speaking about environmental issues, income inequality and immigration. All issues relevant and important to concerned people across religious and demographic strata. A GB member would probably start out with, "You.re all going to be blistered hot dogs at Armageddon."
Next, I thought about the crowds getting in line at one o'clock in the AM to catch a glimpse at the parade route. I think the difference between such passionately believing Catholics and JW Regional Convention attendees was the fact that the Catholics actually WANTED to be there. Sure, JW conventions attract ten of thousands. But if my memory is correct, it was mostly compulsory attendance. Everyone couldn't wait for each day's program to end and were attending mostly because they wanted to look good. Even though many would say it was the "best convention ever" no one really left there feeling the spiritual rapture that the Pope seems to envoke.
In addition, the Pope acknowledges the child sexual abuse scandal and seems genuinely concerned with eradicating such abuses in the future, Whereas JW leadership seems more concerned with damage control and wants to sweep their real problem with child abuse under the rug.
So all things considered, I have to admire the Pope for inspiring a great deal of people across the spectrum of religious belief, (or disbelief) to be better people. It really stands out in contrast with the "you are all gonna die" dogma of the wits.
Who knows? Maybe I'll convert. At least if I ever disagree with the Pope, I won't lose every relationship that I ever had.