Fisherman just does not grasp the difference between Clergy/Penitent privilege, as it is understood by 99.9% of church members, and the twisted, skewed, and completely non-confidential joke of a "confessional" that takes place in JW Cult-world.
Fisherman believes the Judge is wrong to question the "JW version" (Fishermans own words) of the Clergy/Penitent relationship.
Here is where Fishyface is wrong. THERE IS NO JW VERSION OF THE CLERGY/PENITENT RELATIONSHIP. The WTBTS has proudly stated that they have no Clergy/Laity distinction. JWs cannot go to another JW, "confess", and expect any confidentiality.
The two approaches are like comparing apples to oranges. Fishyface cannot grasp this simple concept, so we have page after page of reasonable arguments, proving Fishboy wrong, simply flying over Fishy's head. Fishy has entered a battle of reason, unarmed, yet does not have the wit, or perhaps the intellectual honesty, to realize it.
If Fishy believes the Bible, then the Judge does have the right to intervene in these matters. That's what the Superior Authorities are for. GOD put them in that position. The Judge has every right to make sure that the "JW version" of the Clergy/Penitent relationship meets the criteria of that relationship. What is the criteria? I confess to a member of the Clergy, (JWs have no Clergy) and it remains confidential. ( It NEVER remains confidential in the WTBTS.)
Another important factor is that Clergy do not have the right to cover over a crime. Child sexual abuse is a crime. The Judge has every right to put the WTBTS under a microscope. Espescially since this is not an isolated event in the WTBTS. They have a history of doing whatever they can to save face, even at the expense of children. Jesus must be so proud.
Lurkers, I hope you can learn something from Fishfoods example. This is where I get off.