We have had some JWs come and do the hit and run on this board. I have to say that the willingness of my Catholic brothers and sisters to engage such ones is admirable. I was also impressed with the respectful way in which you asked questions and the like when clearly the assertions made by the JWs who have posted here are very offensive to us.
However, the JWs that use the hit and run technique on our board are really not interested in dialog and and really have no respect for us or our beliefs. Former JWs are particularly hated by these JWs and so they really refuse to speak with people like me.
In fact, I just received an email from one of our more famous hit and run JWs. In this email he accused me of lying. He then said that he disabled comments at his website because too many *Catholics * were leaving messages that contained foul language and that ‘while the use of foul language is common among Catholics it is not common among JWs.’ (Not sure where he got the data to come to these conclusions by the way.)
He told me that I was like a dog that has returned to its vomit since I left the JWs and became Catholic. (Notice how Catholic Beliefs and practices are considered the equivalent of vomit by him.) He told me that I must like being Catholic now because Catholics do not go from door to door like JWs do and so now I am spiritually lazy like most Catholics.
Remember also that this particular individual is a former Catholic. This is one of the reasons why my wife and I helped to start The Fellowship of Catholic Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our goal is to assist Catholics in learning their faith so that they do not fall prey to anti-Catholic cults like the JWs. As you can see, once a person joins a group like the JWs it is extremely difficult to have an intelligent conversation with them since the hatred and prejudice against the Catholic Church that they are taught by the JWs is so strong.
We also did this because individuals coming out of the JWs are shunned and many have not even been able to speak with their JW relatives for decades and are all alone in this world. (I have had instances of JW parents disowning and throwing minor children out on the street due to the children rejecting the JW faith.)
Some of these former JWs do have an attraction to the fullness of the Catholic faith, which is a miracle performed by the Holy Spirit considering the anti-Catholic bias they have been exposed to in the JWs. However, many in the Church (through no fault of their own) cannot help these people as they have some rather unique problems. You guys might find the following article interesting:
Please pray for this apostolate. It is really a difficult job but my wife and I have seen so many miracles. Please pray for people like our famous hit and run JW friend because it was not that long ago that I was like him. I was filled with the same hatred of the Catholic Church as he is as was my wife (who by the way left the Catholics to become a JW but is now Catholic again) mainly because of the lies that the JWs tell their members about the Catholic Church. But through God’s grace and the prayers of my Catholic relatives the Lord brought me and my wife home.
God’s blessings to you all,