Having adopted a number of recommendations in the name of greater transparency, there was only one thing the church refused to change: a 2000-year-old protocol requiring two witnesses before a child sexual assault allegation be investigated.
Before the commission, Jehovah’s Witness spokesman Terrence O’Brien said the church “considered the implications of the finding” that the two-witness rule should be scrapped.
“And your response is that the two-witness rule is required by the scriptures and can’t be changed or avoided?” he was asked.
“That’s correct. That’s our stand.”