These are my coments on some answers in the interview:
Why did you start doubting the church?
Three things troubled me. The church was involved in politics. Misconduct among the clergy and parishioners was tolerated. And certain Catholic teachings did not seem right. How, for example, could a God of love punish people forever after death? Also, does God really want us to repeat prayers hundreds of times with a rosary? *
Ok, but Watchtower's teachings seem not to be right too. What about the blood ban and its flip flops?....on the other hand, Jesus taught the teaching of a hell fire in the story of the rich and Lazarous, and the Church Fathers used it to prove that the soul can be punished after the death. So, Jesus was responsible for that teaching, doesn' it?
What did you do?
With tears streaming from my eyes, I prayed for guidance. I also purchased a copy of the Catholic Jerusalem Bible, which had recently been published in Italian, and began reading it. Then, one Sunday morning as I was hanging up my robes after Mass, two men came to the seminary. They introduced themselves to me as Jehovah’s Witnesses. We talked for more than an hour about the Bible and what it says about the identifying marks of true religion.
You were also deceived by two witnesses trained in the deluded Fred Franz theology. You also knew nothing about the Bible, in which you may find more than 100 contradictions and many false prophecies.
What did the other priests think of those visits?
I invited them to join in our discussions, but none took Bible study seriously. I, however, enjoyed it. I was learning wonderful things, such as why God tolerates evil and suffering—something that had long puzzled me.
Of course, most of the priests currently know that the Bible deceives many modern people. And about God tolerating evil, you seem to support the idea that we all have to suffer on account of an non-existent couple misled and tempted by a snake. Shame on you, because even Cardinal Pell (of Australia) admitted before Richard Dawkins that the story of Adam and Eve is a myth.
Did your superiors try to dissuade you from studying the Bible?
In 1975, I visited Rome several times to explain my views. My superiors tried to change my thinking, but none used the Bible. Finally, on January 9, 1976, I wrote to Rome stating that I no longer considered myself a Catholic. Two days later, I left the seminary and took a train to attend my first meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which turned out to be an assembly involving several congregations. Everything was so different from what I was accustomed to! Each Witness had a Bible and followed along with the speakers as they discussed various topics.
Yes, no one used the Bible because no priest can currently take it seriously. But,....ohhh, you mentioned the year 1975, how special was that year in Jehovah's calendar!!!. You omitted to mention the significance of it in this interview.
What did your family think about all of this?
Most of them bitterly opposed me. I found out, however, that one of my brothers was studying with the Witnesses in Lombardy, a region in northern Italy. I went to see him, and the Witnesses there helped me to find work and a place to live. Later that year, I was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
You firstly became a deluded priest, then you ended up in another and even worse absurd cult.
Do you have any regrets?
Not at all! At last, I feel truly close to God, because what I know about him is based on the Bible, not philosophy or church tradition. And I can teach others with conviction and sincerity.
Ok, you now know that Jehovah can kill babies without mercy (1 Samuel 15:3) and will destroy in Armaggedon all of those who do not believe in the flip flops of his paranoic faithful slave.