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The Crossroads at 23rd Street


"For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." (Romans 1:22)


Errors can be corrected and trends reversed if only our faith and determination does not fail us in our earnest quest for the truth.

Enchanting Lustful Lies ... The Skill of Deceit

"The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path."

“… A timely deception used with the right purpose is such an advantage that a lot of men have been called to account on many occasions for failing to deceive."

St Chrysostom, the Archbishop of Constantinople (397), in defense of using the "Skill of Deceit". (Read More)

Most Holy Family Monastery (MHFM), Fillmore, NY

"For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." (Romans 1:22)

One such counterfeit religions organization that has mastered the use of "deception" to its optimum repugnant level, under the direction of Frederick "Michael" Dimond, is the Most Holy Family Monastery (MHFM); which is the primary focus of this website.

"Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. Right is right even if no one is doing it." - St. Augustine

In researching for the "facts", in order to understand the how and the why of the amazing surge into internet prominence made by this counterfeit Order of St Benedict (a New York domestic not-for-profit corporation, a business of religion, called the Most Holy Family Monastery), I have come to the conclusion that it the Dimond Brothers are, in essence, "theological carepetbaggers" / "miscreant charlatans". Yet the 100,000+ persons they have on their various mailing and e-mailing lists, who "donate" on a regular basis to their cause, as well as purchasing their DVDs, books and videsos; don't seem to care. It's mind boggling ... new-age "mind control" at its best.

Let's Be Clear

Let’s be clear … it is NOT the doctrinal / dogmatic positions that the Most Holy Family Monastery (MHFM) espouse or the related DVDs, videos, books, etcetera sold through their website that is the focus of the "Crossroads at 23rd Steet" website. Their “purported religious belief-system” is another matter altogether; as God has entrusted each of us with expressed free-will and a guarantee of our right to choose, for our benefit or detriment, what doctrines we will believe and who we will serve / follow.

Since its inception, controversy abounds over the unsubstantiated claim professed by the MHFM that besides being a legally registered secular “New York not-for-profit Corporation” (file #1751088) that it is also a legitimately established / recognized “Order of Saint Benedict”, overseen and under the direction of a credible and duly elected “professed” Benedictine monk as its Abbot / Superior. It should be noted that the “professed monk", in question, need also have received “Holy Orders” (consecrated as a priest) before being qualified to become an Abbot / Superior.

This website, through a series of webpages and YouTube videos, is offering you the possibility to take a "Pragmatic Look" at the MHFM and determine for yourself the legitimacy of this, so-called, "self-identified" Benedictine monastery's fundamental claims. I believe that with anyone with an IQ higher than the "room temperature" you're sitting in (i.e. centigrade) will come to the same conclusion that I have. To quote the Dimond Brothers as they stated on page 333 of their book "The Truth about What Really Happened to the Catholic Church after Vatican II" (Objection 15) ... "Against a fact there is no argument; against this fact there is no argument."

By taking a pragmatic look at the facts surrounding this controversy it becomes blatantly evident, at least to those with an open mind and the good will to embrace the truth; that the MHFM is, above all else, a “business of religion” and nothing more, no matter what those “brothers” residing in Fillmore, New York, wearing black mail-order monk habits may want you and I to believe.


A Pragmatic Look at the Most Holy Family Monastery

The harsh, striking reality is that the MHFM does not possess the traditional ecclesiastical benediction of the Benedictine Confederation or the proper pastoral authority to state that it is a legitimate Order of St Benedict (OSB). If "Brother" Joseph Natale would have kept his "religious society" as the “Oblates of Saint Jude” that he initially established in September 1976 and refrained from self-proclaiming that he was Benedictine … there would be no controversy.

Note: Oblates are individuals, either laypersons or clergy, normally living in general society, who, are NOT professed monks or nuns.

Yet, Joseph Natale unfortunately didn’t remain humble and decided that the “Rule” his Oblates would follow would be that of Saint Benedict. It appears that it mattered little to Joseph that he and his “religious society” did not meet the requirements or perform the obligations associated with becoming a legitimate “Order of Saint Benedict”; as set forth by the Saint Vincent Archabbey (Benedictine) in Latrobe, PA; which is the American-Cassinese (Benedictine) Congregation (approved / sanctioned by Pope Leo XIII) and a member of the Benedictine Confederation of Congregations, in Rome.

As a result of Joseph creating his “counterfeit” Benedictine monastery these three officially recognized Benedictine authorities openly / publicly denounce the MHFM, of Joseph Natale and that of Frederick “Michael” Dimond, as a heretical sect that should be avoided / shunned.

The Sedevacantist Delusion: MHFM Objections

John C. Pontrello's "Summary" responses to Objections found in: "The Truth about What Really Happened to the Catholic Church after Vatican II"

Extracts used in videos taken with the author's permission from:
The Sedevacantist Delusion: Why Vatican II's Clash with Sedevacantism Supports Eastern Orthodoxy - by John C. Pontrello (August 2015)

Note About the Author:

John C. Pontrello is a former Sedevacantist activist and seminarian in a traditional Catholic religious community. Prior to his association with traditional Catholicism, he managed an investment planning practice for many years. He currently resides in Western New York.

Faith is Liberty Espoused

Lord Acton, in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887 wrote:

All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Pope Sylvester I’s fatal "governing alliance" (i.e. Caesar and Pope) in the 4th century with Constantine radically changed the course of Catholicism which, from then on, flowed directly into the rivers of absolutism. The Church of Christ transformed itself, for lack of a better word, into a "pornocracy"; but even with that transformation, it was then and remains “the Church”.

The robust history of the Catholic Church is full to overflowing with astonishing illustrations of divine good and diabolic evil, of resplendent selflessness as well as repugnant vainglory and, unfortunately, it has accumulated, over two millennia, a long sultry list of sordid actions / crimes perpetuated against the Church (the flock) itself.

Each one of us must decide if we're "inside" or "outside" the Church and if you can confirm that you are one of the "faithful" then you must take an active role in its healing process! It is the duty, the responsibility of each one of us to embolden and garnish our faith in Christ and his Church and live our lives so as to avoid the snares set by those ecclesiastic miscreants (from without and within the Church) who seek to entrap us, to turn our hearts away from the true Faith and by such preventing us from obtaining salvation. We must make a conscious and sustained effort to remember the warnings, the words that have been said to guide us:

  • "The Church is your hope, the Church is your salvation, she is your refuge. It is for this that Christ established it, after having paid the price of His Blood, for this that He confided His teaching and the precepts of His law, drawing forth at the same time the treasure of His grace for the sanctification and salvation of men."
    - St. John Chrysostom (349-407)

  • "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you shall know them."
    - Mat 7:15-20.

  • "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds."
    - 2 Cor 11:13-15

  • "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions."
    - 2 Tim 4:3

Studying the Holy Bible, the teachings of the Church, the lives of the Saints, etc. are good for the soul and for strengthening ones faith. Yet, I would like to encourage you to be courageous and couple those religious readings with the writings of reputable historians and theologians in order to avoid the pitfalls associated with the oftentimes “subjective” reasoning of Church apologists who have mastered the “skill of deceit”.

Use the power of your faith, obtained through study, fasting and prayer to free yourself from those who have a proven vested material interest in your believing their “enchanting lustful lies”. Cast away your doubts and uncertainty believing in the promise of Christ:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you" (Mat 7:7).

Pax Tecum


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