Why do I mention [the Catholic Church]? Because they are the standard of abuse coverups. They are the mesuring stick.
Indeed. In fact, the Dutch Minister specifically said so himself. I'm not even joking.
The Dutch government advised the JW to take a serious look at the way the CC in the Netherlands responded when it became clear many allegations of child abuse were reported.
What did the CC do?
- They started and conducted an impartial inquiry that first established the extent of the problem, then made recommendations to improve prevention and victim support.
- The CC publicly acknowledged they failed the victims, and apologized.
- They improved their policies.
- They provided professional support for victims.
- They setup a financial redress scheme.
The CC are the measuring stick indeed. The Minister urged JW to follow their example. The Dutch CC volunteered to assist JW leaders, as the CC has learned a great deal.
Guess what? JW don't want to do any of what the CC did.
JW come up short against the measuring stick.
are not determined by popular opinion. RV can recruit a thousand
people. In our civilized world, facts are determined by the court/legal
Or by independent inquiries. Apparently Watchtower wants to be able to continue to say it's just RV's opinion, or they would have started an inquiry themselves (when the government strongly urged them they do that). Maybe JW don't want an inquiry to turn up the facts?
I guess JW leaders have never read Matthew 5:41 - If someone in authority compels you into service for a mile, go with him two miles.
Nor did they apply Romans 13:
Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. Therefore,
whoever opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement
of God; those who have taken a stand against it will bring judgment
against themselves. For those rulers are an object of fear, not to the good deed, but to the bad. Do you want to be free of fear of the authority? Keep doing good, and you will have praise from it; for
it is God’s minister to you for your good. But if you are doing what is
bad, be in fear, for it is not without purpose that it bears the sword.
It is God’s minister, an avenger to express wrath against the one practicing what is bad.
Watchtower once wrote:
The principle Jesus taught, that of being willing to carry out
legitimate requests, is valid not only for governmental requirements but
also in everyday human relations. It may be, for instance, that a
person with authority over you asks you to do something that you would
prefer not to do but that is not contrary to God’s law. How will you
react? You may feel that unreasonable demands are being made on your
time and energies, and you may therefore react indignantly. The result
may be ill will. On the other hand, if you comply sullenly, you may lose
your inner peace. The solution? Do as Jesus recommended—go the second
mile. Do not only what is asked of you but even more than what is asked.
Do it willingly. In that frame of mind, you will no longer feel that
you are being taken advantage of, yet you remain free to be master of
your own actions. - https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2005126?q=matt+5%3A41&p=par#h=1
Watchtower's own words condemn them.