As promised, I am getting back to those interested with information on a question/answer blog site written for those who have questions regarding how Catholics can dialogue with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
While it is in blog format, it is set up for individuals to ask questions. It is called “Thy Kingdom Come” and can be found at catholicjwdialogue.blogspot.com.
The blog is written by the main voice behind “DelsonJacobs.” While the partial name of one of us, “Delson” has actually been three people who have been ghost writing for an author and film producer by the name of Carl Hernz.
While Mr. Hernz has never directly posted here, we asked him questions, got the bulk of the answers from him and took turns posting them here. One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that Mr. Hernz has Parkinson’s disease. Another, for those of you familiar with the man, is because he has been busy restoring a very important film.
While we tried our best to capture his style of writing, you will notice we never came close. Mr. Hernz has an approach to the Witnesses many will find is filled with mercy, abbreviated with patience, and occasionally laced with incurable humor. While the personal details of the “DelsonJacobs” belongs to one of us, they were also loosely based on Mr. Hernz. More details on his story will be shared on the blog in the upcoming weeks.
We were never sure if Carl would be available to write this blog, so we could not announce anything until now. We didn’t even know if we would be able to supply answers here due to his particular circumstances. Fortunately after much discussion from us and others, Mr. Hernz is now in a position to provide assistance.
Carl was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses between 1985 and 1999. He joined when he was 17, not knowing exactly what he was getting into at the time. He left the Witnesses to return to the Catholic faith. A Hebrew Catholic, he met one of us through a network and we got together to do this after requesting his assistance. You will learn quickly that Carl is very well-equipped to help in this work. He has an IQ somewhere in the top 2%, and has a great love for people. He has worked professionally for the pastoral offices of a diocese he once lived in before returning to film work, and he is currently semi-retired as he concludes work on his final film project. He is an expert on the JWs, having a very balanced view of them that demonstrates a kindness that, we must admit, we sometimes lacked.
Feel free to contact him via the above site. You will find him very approachable, and even JWs will find him far more fair than I believe we were here.
We ask only one thing: Please do not send Mr. Hernz materials for film or book ideas. Mr. Hernz does not read them and unsolicited materials or ideas risk becoming his property anyway when they are sent to him. He is freely offering his time and much work in this special ministry, so approaching him with the belief that one can make some sort of connection in media, film, television, publishing or otherwise through him is totally improper and a waste of time. This is also not a venue to ask for advice on how to “break into the business” either.
We thank everyone for their support and ask for prayers as Mr. Hernz does this work in the face of battling Parkinson’s disease. We also thank everyone here at Catholic Answers, posters and moderators, for their support and ask all to remember CAF in both prayerful and practical ways to support its important work too.
Any further questions should be submitted to him. Also, opinions offered under the name “DelsonJacobs” on this site do not reflect the personal opinions of Mr. Hernz himself.
Thanks to all of you and God bless.
M.D. Jacobs, S.L. Pena, J. Oskar.