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Religious Carpetbaggers: The Dimond Brothers

Webster’s dictionary defines Carpetbagger as: “a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics.

The Oxford dictionary defines Carpetbagger as: “a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections.

But there is another type of carpetbagger that I’d like to propose to you; that being a Religious Carpetbagger which is: "a self-professed religious and un-ordained layman who fraudulently poses as or usurps the identity of an authenticated and commissioned teaching authority within an area or within a congregation where he has no authority and/or legitimacy whatsoever; and doing so with the firm intent of illicitly securing his livelihood."

It’s the above definition of religious carpetbagger that I believe suits perfectly what the Dimond Brothers of the Most Holy Family Monastery (MHFM) are; though I find the other definitions to be equally appropriate.

Since the Second Vatican Council’s (V-II) break from tradition, there exists today an over-abundance of religious carpetbaggers; those “carnal believers”, posing as Catholics, who have taken advantage of the chaotic situation by utilizing / manipulating the Church’s dogma, doctrine and teachings by concocting a miraculous / magical / fraudulent “elixir of salvation” that they are selling to the unsuspecting (like street corner drug peddlers). Their targets are, for the most part, the weakest members of the Church’s “scattering flock”; those who have allowed themselves to become “addicted to the Church’s affliction”; addicted to the chaos, confusion and conspiracies associated with V-II’s “unholy schism”.

These religious carpetbaggers are clever and use the traditional “truths” of the Church as cover for their otherwise “deceitful intentions”, their “hidden agenda” based primarily on obtaining remunerative self-enrichment. They are wicked infiltrators who have stolen into the Church’s teaching domain; and are like the cockle (tares or weeds) within the wheat that Jesus spoke of in St Matthew 13: 24-30 (Douay Rheims):

“[24] Another parable he proposed to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seeds in his field. [25] But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way. [26] And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle. [27] And the servants of the goodman of the house coming said to him: Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it cockle? [28] And he said to them: An enemy hath done this. And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up? [29] And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. [30] Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.”

The scriptures along with the Church’s traditional teachings have been freely offered and made available for ALL to study and learn from for the sake of their salvation. These teachings contain the instructions required for the “faithful” but were never intended that those searching for the truth should go to anyone else for guidance other than those possessing the legitimate authority to preach / teach, commissioned by Christ, and ordained to minister. Nowhere does it state, in the teachings of the Church, that we should blindly place our “trust and faith” into the hands of reprobate “charlatans” counting on them to interpret, for us, these doctrinal and scriptural passages that we may have trouble in understanding.

The Church’s teachings are essential to our salvation and are there to instruct us on All things; how to walk, how to talk, how to give, how to receive, how to work, how to pray, how to worship, how and what to believe in, how to live and to tells us, equally, what NOT to do. In short, these teachings are there to instruct us, guide us on how we may be faithful servants to God and thus to bringing Him honor and glory by our obedience to His will; and to us salvation.

The scriptural and traditional Church teachings are NOT to be considered as subject to interpretation by anyone other than by those who hold the authentic ecclesiastic authority to do so. And, anyone without that legitimate “seal of approval”, claiming that they have somehow, by osmosis, formally received the “right” to interpret these teaching for us … are, simply put … liars, charlatans and/or scoundrels … or as I refer to them religious carpetbaggers; whichever you prefer to call them.

Ask yourselves, how is it possible that anyone, any Catholic, believing that Jesus is the Christ, expect to receive God’s full and freely offered truth from those whose lives are filled with factual documented evidence of vainglory, lust and greed?

We live in a time where the Word of God and His Church has been, for lack of a better word, stolen by these religious miscreants and manipulated and packaged in such a way so as to entice those poor confused souls “addicted to affliction” into abandoning Christ’s Church and following the schismatic ministries of “carnal believers”; those men whose main emphasis isn’t on spreading the Gospel but rather on enriching themselves from off those who have lost their way, those who have wandered away from the safety of Christ’s appointed shepherds who are the ONLY ONES “authorized and commissioned” to oversee His “flock”.

For the last 50+ years these religious carpetbaggers (like the Dimond Brothers) have been very successful in deceiving and luring thousands upon thousands of Catholics away from going to Mass and participating in the holy sacraments associated with being “true” members of Christ’s Church; without offering these “lost sheep” any semblance of “pastoral care” in exchange. Is that not a sign in itself that something is fundamentally wrong with their so-called “ministries”?

Is it not obvious that these religious carpetbaggers “prey” on and do NOT "pray" for the “scattered flock”?

Is it not obvious that it is solely through the donations and purchases of their products to the unsuspecting or disgruntled faithful that these “secular businesses of religion” (posing as Catholic religious orders, associations and/or initiatives) continue to flourish outside the Church?

Case in point, the MHFM … on June 6, 2008 Frederick “Michael” Dimond submitted an affidavit to the New York District Court, during the time of the well-known Eric Hoyle vs Frederick Dimond, Robert Dimond, and Most Holy Family Monastery lawsuit, stating:

“(4) As a monastery, MHFM relies almost solely on donations made by supporters in order to sustain itself…”

“(5) … MHFM has developed a mailing list of more than 90,000 ... These benefactors, customers, and supporters are the veritable lifeblood of MHFM. Without the support of the individuals on these lists, MHFM would not be able to continue its work.”

“(6) … MHFM has been spending approximately $1,000 per day on its communications efforts, including Internet advertising and other communications vehicles … MHFM survives almost solely on the donations of its supporters and benefactors.”

If you do the simple math associated with those June 6, 2008 figures, mentioned above, you will see that the Dimond Brothers have managed to create a highly successful and lucrative “business” for themselves by deceiving thousands upon thousands of individuals into believing that they are what they are not; that being a Catholic religious entity. But the success of that deception that is not at all surprising as Christ himself foretold in St Matthew 24:24 (Douay Rheims):

For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.

No one actually knows (but the IRS, I suppose) how financially successful the Dimond Brother’s “secular business of religion” is. It’s painfully obvious that the poor haven’t a clue as these “brothers” have never donated any of their ill-gotten gains to help those unfortunate souls in need. Nor have they used their proceeds to build a single Church, a place of worship, in which to provide the “scattered flock” with the appropriate pastoral care they are entitled to; like their founder Joseph Natale had initially insisted upon while he was alive.

The Dimond Brothers, being the religious carpetbaggers they are, masterfully conspired together and fabricated an “enchanting lustful lie” which professes:

“Bro. Joseph said he was told by God that our monastery would be ‘the only beacon light of Catholicism left before the end of the world’ and ‘the forerunner of Christ’s Second Coming.’ He also said we would be the last Catholic religious order in the world…”

Sadly and/or unfortunately the success of the Dimond Brothers' MHFM has proven that there are a vast multitude of disgruntled Catholics, who have lost their faith in the Church, and who have embraced that “enchanting lustful lie”.

These misguided souls have somehow convinced themselves that God has equally abandoned tradition (like V-II) and has chosen to place the fate of His Church with its 1.2 billon souls in the hands of 2 unprofessed and un-ordained layman (religious carpetbaggers) ... rather than His authenticated and commissioned Bishops.

These same disgruntled Catholics adamantly claim not to believe in the "Baptism of Desire" but they appear to believe in a delusional "Papacy of Desire" that not only has the “Chair of Peter” but another one beside it for his brother “Michael” (i.e. Robert “Peter” and Frederick “Michael” Dimond)

What nonsense this is … but, it’s proven to be highly profitable nonsense; and these “wolves in monks’ habits”, these religious carpetbaggers, the Dimond Brothers are laughing all the way to the bank.

So then, how should we deal with these religious carpetbaggers?

St Paul instructs us in 1 Corinthians 5:11 (Douay Rheims) that they should be shunned, not funded, not supported, not listened to, and definitely not revered:

But now I have written to you, not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or a server of idols, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such a one, not so much as to eat.

In St Matthew 7:16 (Douay Rheims) Jesus goes on to tell us how we can recognize these false prophets, false teachers, these religious carpetbaggers: “By their fruits you shall know them.

For years now the followers the MHFM have been forced to fabricate unsubstantiated and delusional excuses for why these charlatans, who manage the domestic not-for-profit corporation:

  • Remain layman.

  • Remain un-professed monks.

  • Remain un-ordained to Christ’s ministry.

  • Why they were denied and never received canonical provision to start their self-professed Benedictine religious order.

  • Why they switched from being non sedevacantist (under Joseph Natale their founder) to being sedevacantist (under the current self-proclaimed Superior Frederick Dimond).

  • Why as alleged Benedictines they cheated a novitiate (Eric Hoyle) out of 1.6 million dollars instead of obeying canon law in such matters (canon 568) and returning to him ALL his possessions when he left, etcetera.

  • Etcetera … the list goes on and on

From reading St Matthew 7:16 it should be clear and only logical and doesn’t it make sense that if you are unsure and have to make excuses concerning the qualifications and expertise of the “Orchardist” whose tree you are considering eating the fruit from … that the fruit itself should NOT be ingested?

A Word of Extreme Caution: Do not be deceived by the “charismatic words” of the Dimond Brothers. For they are liars whose ministry is built on a foundation of lies and deception … no matter what “truth” may be found on their website or in the text, books, or videos they sell to the public on a day to day basis.

I would ask that you read attentively the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, found in St John 8:44 (Douay Rheims), when He rebuked the scribes and the Pharisees (those notorious religious carpetbaggers of old):

You are of your father the devil: and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning: and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.

I would like to admonish you to be on your guard and be wary of those who come to you not sent, not appointed, not commissioned by that authority in which the fullness of Christ's power resides, by virtue of unbroken succession, which can be traced back to the time of the Apostles.

And also to consider this once again:

Isn’t it obvious that religious carpetbaggers “prey” on and do NOT "pray" for the “scattered flock”.

- Pax Tecum


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