Jim Kostelniuk: The Making of “Witness to Murder”

While most books written by former Jehovah’s Witnesses focus on doctrinal disagreements or Watchtower policy failures and false predictions, a few tell some very compelling (and sometimes entertaining) personal life stories. While most would be tedious to watch as either movies or TV shows, there are a few that come to mind that – with the right team of writers and producers – could be revealing, educational and compelling.

Among the books that could fall in that group are Scott Terry’s Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth and perhaps a merged treatment of Richard Kelly’s two books, Growing Up in Mama’s Club and Ghosts from Mama’s Club. Both books relate lives influenced, victimized and damaged by the warped and abusive policies of the Watchtower Society.

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Will the Watchtower Follow Pope Francis’ Example?

On Friday April 11, 2014, Pope Francis in remarks while addressing a French child protection group, publicly asked forgiveness for the Church in connection to its widespread child sexual abuse scandals.

Speaking for the Catholic Church as a whole body, including Catholics in general, he emphasized the seriousness of the problem and urged the church to be very strong in responding to that element of their most recent and shameful history. He hinted that he would be willing to implement and impose future punitive measures and sanctions against those in the church would commit such crimes or protect the guilty.

Some experts on abuse issues praised the pope’s comments, while others who have been critical of the Catholic Church over the child sex scandals indicated they would take a “wait and see” position. Most admit that the pope’s moves seem to be sincere and in the right direction.

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