Here is another story about our time at Bethel that relates to my association with Harry Peloyan. He said that he would never allow articles critical of the Catholic Church that were related to the subject of child abuse to appear in the Awake! magazine. He felt that because JWs had similar problems, it would be hypocritical to “throw stones” at a group that was doing exactly the same thing as the Watchtower.
If Joe and I had remained at headquarters, the April 8, 1993, Awake! magazine would have been placed in our living quarters about four weeks before its publication date. I would have known then that Harry did not keep his word.
Four years later I received the following letter from Harry. It is clear that his attitude had matured quite a bit in four years and that he realized the importance of actually taking action to correct the problem of child abuse. A question he posed then is still valid to this very day…
“…but I wonder who is going to answer for the many Witness children who in the past five years of inaction have had their lives ruined by baptized Witness molesters.”
That, unfortunately, is still an open question.