As many readers of our website know, in the summer of 2012 Most Holy Family Monastery won a massive legal victory. The case and the victory are discussed in this video. Many facts about it are also covered in this file and in this article.
In 2008, a major federal lawsuit was filed against Most Holy Family Monastery, myself and Bro. Peter Dimond alleging “Benedictine fraud” and other things. The lawsuit and the charges were extremely serious. The case involved tremendous time and effort. The false claims made by the Plaintiff in the lawsuit irreparably damaged the reputation of the monastery and its members. Lies about us were spread all over the world. However, in 2012, after reviewing the facts in the case and the law, a judge granted our motion for summary judgment dismissing the entire lawsuit against us. Every single claim made against us was dismissed.
The ten scurrilous and outrageous charges levelled by the Plaintiff (all dismissed) included “racketeering,” “wire fraud” and “bank fraud,” among other things. But what’s so important to note is that while other issues came up in the case, EVERY CLAIM IN THE CASE WAS CONNECTED TO THE PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM THAT IT’S FRAUDULENT FOR US TO PRESENT OURSELVES AS “BENEDICTINES” OR “MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF ST. BENEDICT” OR MEMBERS OF THE “O.S.B.” The entire lawsuit was thus based on THE LEGITIMACY OF OUR CLAIM TO PRESENT OURSELVES AS BENEDICTINE MONKS AND MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF ST. BENEDICT. That’s what the entire lawsuit was about.
THE “FINAL JUDGMENT” OFFICIALLY ENDING THE CASE (IN VICTORY FOR MHFM) WAS ISSUED THIS YEAR ON MARCH 21, THE FEAST OF ST. BENEDICT!
Although the lawsuit/complaint filed against us was dismissed in the summer of 2012, as mentioned above, THE “FINAL JUDGMENT” OFFICIALLY ENDING THE CASE was not issued at that time. That’s because both sides were still filing motions and various legal maneuvers were still occurring. HOWEVER, ON MARCH 21, 2014 (WHICH IS THE FEAST OF ST. BENEDICT IN THE TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC LITURGICAL CALENDAR), THE “FINAL JUDGMENT” OFFICIALLY ENDING THE CASE – AND SEALING OUR LEGAL VICTORY BY MAKING FINAL AND OFFICIAL THE JUDGE’S PREVIOUS DECISION DISMISSING THE COMPLAINT – WAS ISSUED! You can see it for yourself here, dated March 21, 2014:
While the exact month and day of St. Benedict’s birth is not known, March 21 is the day historical records list as the day of his death. March 21 is the day of the year on which St. Benedict is honored in the traditional Catholic calendar.
This event is a clear, stunning confirmation from Heaven (particularly for other people to see) that we are indeed Benedictines and true members of the Order of St. Benedict. In fact, we are the true Order of St. Benedict in our day. Anyone who knows anything about such lawsuits knows that neither plaintiffs nor defendants control when judges make their rulings or legal decisions are issued. Yet, this “final judgment” was issued on March 21. It’s a smashing victory, an obvious sign, in the face of all our detractors and opponents.
THE CLAIM THAT WE ARE “NOT BENEDICTINE” OR ARE “FAKE MONKS” OR ARE “NOT RELIGIOUS” IS THE NUMBER ONE CRITICISM AND ATTACK MADE BY OUR CRITICS AND ENEMIES
Over the years the most frequently posed objection to our work by far (and the primary attack against us by our opponents and enemies) is the charge that we are “not Benedictines” and not monks. The allegation that we are “fake monks,” “fake Benedictines,” “not real religious,” that we “lie about” our Benedictine status or history, etc. ad nauseam has been made perhaps thousands of times. You can hardly bring up our names, our work, or our monastery in certain quarters without encountering those making such a charge. The assertion is not only made by people in the Vatican II sect who disagree with our work. It has even been more aggressively asserted and spread by people in the “traditional movement” who disagree with some aspect of our work, such as the true position on salvation, the sedevacantist position, our condemnation of heretical priests or where to receive sacraments in these times. This is a smashing heavenly vindication right in the faces of all of them. We are Benedictines, as we’ve told you, and Heaven agrees. That’s the “final judgment,” issued on the feast of St. Benedict.
In fact, this event is a particularly sweet vindication over the radical schismatics. They are sedevacantists who generally agree with us on most doctrinal issues. After all, almost all of them came to the sedevacantist position, etc. from seeing the materials we have published. However, as a result of pride and bad will, many of them conclude that our view on either where to receive sacraments or jurisdiction or something else in this time is false, evil, heretical, etc. That crowd of wicked schismatics loves to assert that we are not Benedictines. To them we say: in your demonic, schismatic faces. You have done the work of the Devil, and the people who oppose our work do the work of the Devil. We desire your conversion, but you are disgraceful enemies of God.
ST. BENEDICT WAS FAMOUSLY PROMISED THAT HIS ORDER WOULD EXIST UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD AND WOULD PLAY A SPECIAL ROLE AT THE VERY END OF THE WORLD IN THE FINAL BATTLE
There are well-known prophecies about the Order of St. Benedict and the final days. Those prophecies were made long before any of us were born. You can find them in books on St. Benedict. God promised St. Benedict that his Order would exist until the end of the world, and that it would play a special role in the final battle at the end of the world. Here are two of the very famous promises God made to St. Benedict:
1) His order will continue to exist to the End of the World.
2) It will, at the End of the World, in the final battle, render great services to the holy Church and confirm many in the faith.
Do we believe we are that order? Yes, we do. We are not aware of any other truly Catholic religious order.
THE FOUNDER OF OUR MONASTERY, BROTHER JOSEPH NATALE, ACTUALLY PREDICTED THAT OUR MONASTERY WOULD BE THE “BEACON LIGHT OF ALL CATHOLICISM,” “THE FORERUNNER OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING,” AND THE FINAL RELIGIOUS ORDER IN THE WORLD
When I entered the monastery in 1992, the superior was Bro. Joseph Natale. He passed away in 1995. He was known to have certain miraculous spiritual gifts. I witnessed them myself on many occasions. It’s also a fact that many years ago 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. It’s simply a fact that he made these predictions. I heard them myself and he told many others decades ago. But we have never produced any books, DVDs, etc. for the reason that we think such works would fulfill predictions made by Bro. Joseph. As anyone who follows our material knows, our actions or teachings are not based on any sign or prophecy. They are based firmly on Catholic teaching and the laws of God. That’s why they are irrefutable. Our information in that regard speaks for itself. Nevertheless, in addition to the facts of Catholic teaching, God will sometimes give signs and/or prophecies to confirm the truthfulness or goodness of something.
We have been shocked by the level of bad will and unbelief in reaction to the very clear theological positions we have put forward to the public. But Our Lord did sadly state that very few are saved (Matthew 7:13). Jesus also indicated that He will find hardly any faith on Earth when He returns (Luke 18:8). He said the situation will be similar to the days of the global flood, when only eight out of the entire world were spared.
It’s true that no one could fully explain how bad this situation has gotten unless he were living at the time of the Great Apostasy foretold to occur at the end of the world. The situation (as we have shown) was predicted in biblical and Marian prophecies. That’s why the information and materials we have produced are so important.
Numerous conversions have taken place over the last 20 years due to the millions of souls we have reached with our material. Our material covering various issues of the Catholic faith is the most important collection of information available in the world.
THOSE WHO OPPOSE OUR WORK DO THE WORK OF THE DEVIL AND WILL LOSE THEIR SOULS
We are living through the last days of the Great Apostasy. The most important work that can be carried out to help souls in this crisis is to give as many souls as possible the ability to know the true faith. What we teach and promote is the truth of Catholic teaching. God is (and has been) behind it. Those who oppose our work do the work of the Devil and will lose their souls.
To the people in the Novus Ordo sect, who acknowledge Antipope Francis or any of the Vatican II antipopes, we say: you are wrong, and we are right.
To the people in false traditionalist groups, such as the SSPX, FSSP, etc., who waste countless dollars on heresies and lies, building impressive external structures devoid of the true faith of God, we say: you are wrong, and we are right.
To those sedevacantists who disagree with the Catholic teaching we teach and defend on salvation and baptism, or disagree with our position against NFP birth control, or support heretical priests, we say: you are wrong, and we are right.
To the radical schismatics who think our position on receiving sacraments or jurisdiction in this time of crisis is sinful, evil, non-Catholic or wrong, we say: you are wrong, and we are right.
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