This helps them protect the image of the congregation and hush any rumors that one of them may be a pedophile. Its sad that as shepherds of the flock, they allow wolves to move in and devour (abuse) one of the most innocent flock. This gives this evil man a free pass to re-offend with other children. He wears his honorable title to gain trust and access to more victims and no one can or will do anything to stop it! This must end! Its time that elders who are aware of abuse fulfill their responsibilities in protecting the victims even if an elder is forced to confess to the authorities THE TRUTH of his actions rather then protecting the abuser.
If they feel that this man is misjudged, let the justice system sort it out rather then 'leaving it in Jehovah's hands'. If you saw a man with a mask enter his neighbor's house, does he wait for more witnesses or leave it to god to sort it out and 'pray on it' or does he MAKE THE CALL? Any elder who is responsible for covering up the crimes of the pedophile bears responsibility for another child getting abused. How do you think Jehovah would feel about him if he failed to 'lay bear his sin' or that of a brother? And if he confesses and apologizes, is this JUSTICE to 'let it go'?
You teach that JEHOVAH allows this system of things to exist for a reason. Ensuring the safety of its citizens is a damned good reason. Don't let this practice continue. If you are aware of child abuse in the congregation, you must report it!
Elder law attorneys and certain financial planners specialize in Medicaid qualification. They may be able to devise a strategy to offer limited help, but in the end, Medicaid is welfare, and is designed to help only the poor.
Unfortunately, this is a costly scenario that will be suffered by a majority of people as those who have refused to plan accordingly reach their latter years. Everyone should have a long term care insurance plan in place by age 65; preferably by age 50.
Mbrcatz: It's not often you and I agree in this forum, but you nailed this one right on!