Ruth Moram suing the Jehovahs, Phoenix

We published earlier reports that Ruth Moram who wished to remain a Jehovah’s Witness but could not find vindication within the movement and had failed at the High Court level is now seeking a solution at the Supreme Court level in regard to defamation and due process. At stake is the notion of disfellowshipping which is word devised by the JW’s to not so much nowadays deal with moral or theological heresy and other lapses of morality, but rather it is used as a tool of ideological control. In Catholic thought there exists the notion of excommunication but as Catholic ecclesiology confuses the church with the world, e.g. the wheat and the weeds grow together, it is rarely used.

A short reading of Matthew 18

15 ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.

16 If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: whatever the misdemeanour, the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain the charge.

17 But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a gentile or a tax collector.

18 ‘In truth I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 ‘In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven.

20 For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.’


Note the purpose of discipline is restorative and is supposed to lead to treating the person as if they were no longer a disciple, but then how did Jesus treat people like that. He socialised with them and won them over. It is a loving open process, not an ugly exclusion strategy and control function whereby the person is treated like dirt.

Ruth Moram

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