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Dear Brother Dimond,  I would like to thank you for all the information on your web site. Being a Vatican II baby, I haven't had much of an education in the true Catholic faith, so at the age of 49 I'm trying to learn it now. Your site is invaluable to me and I'm sure many, many others like myself. I particularly like the section you have with some of your videos and audio downloads. What a great idea! I'm downloading them now and will listen to them on my MP3 player…

Scott Labash

Some of our readers might recall that in 2000 John Paul II attended the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. As part of this act of apostasy, John Paul II took off his shoes before entering the mosque. Well, the “Omayyad” caliphate (a line of Muslim rulers), after which that particular mosque he attended is named, was a line of Muslims rulers that was hugely involved in waging war on Catholic Spain in the 700-year war of Muslims vs. Christians in Spain.

“Abdurrahman the last survivor of the Omayyads had become the ruler of Muslim Spain about the time that Fruela became the ruler of Christian Spain; by 759 the two kings clashed in Galicia.” (Warren H. Carroll, A History of Christendom, Vol. 2, p. 298.)

The fact that the mosque he attended was named after a group that is so representative of anti-Christianity just adds insult to his apostasy. The blood of all the faithful Catholics who died fighting the Omayyads for the very survival of Christian Spain cries out against him.

Apocalypse 17:6- "And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And I wondered when I had seen her…"

You can see pictures of John Paul II in the Omayyad Mosque here:

John Paul II's Apostasy with the Muslims Photo Gallery

Dear Brothers,

Where in Portugal is the dogma of Faith being preserved and by whom? I am referring to what the Blessed Mother told Sister Lucia in Fatima.  I surmise that the Blessed Mother is stating that it is the country, as a whole, that will be preserving the Catholic Faith until, I assume, Christ's Second Coming .. can you offer an explanation?




Since we don’t have the complete sentence, we cannot say for sure, but it could be:

“In Portugal the dogma of Faith will always be preserved in a faithful remnant…”


“In Portugal the dogma of Faith will always be preserved until the Great Apostasy…”

Dear Brothers Dimond

I wish to make a Consecration of myself to Mary, following the St Louis de Montfort method.  However, I note that on the day of Consecration we are supposed to receive Holy Communion and make the Act after this, as well as make an offering such as light a candle to Our Lady in Church.  In these times of apostasy, I am unable to attend a Catholic Mass (only the Indult is available), and I would appreciate your advice on how a person should make the Consecration in these circumstances of not being able to receive Holy Communion or visit a Catholic Church that is not connected with the counterfeit Catholic Church.

Best wishes


Thanks for the question. There is no obligation to make the Consecration to Mary before a priest or in a church, especially today. You should make it in your home.

Not very long after the birth of the false religion of Islam, the militant Muslims had overtaken Christian Armenia. In the 10th century the Byzantine Emperor Romanus Lecapenus took up the cause of the resisting Christian Armenians and gave them his best general, John Gourgen [a.k.a. Courcouas], to aid them. Courcouas was tremendously successful in retaking Armenia from the Muslims.

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The information you have provided on your website has changed me profoundly.

Patrick Sweeney


In the Last Gospel of the Mass from St. John we read:

"But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

What does the bold faced quotations mean - what does it refer to? Does "born" refer to baptism. It seems pretty clear to me, but I may not be understanding it clearly. Could you give me a take on what it might mean? I read it  every Sunday at Mass and wonder it's meaning.



Thanks for the question. Yes, we have an opinion about this verse. This was actually mentioned in our book Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation (section 22). While we cannot say infallibly what this particular verse means since the Church has never issued any infallible declaration on this specific verse, here is what is said about it in the book. We think the correct conclusion is pretty obvious:

John 1:12-13-“But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God: to them that believe in His name: WHO ARE BORN, NOT OF BLOOD, NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, BUT OF GOD.”

The context of the passage is dealing with “becoming the sons of God,” that which St. Paul called “adoption of sons” (Rom. 8:15). This is the theological and scriptural term for Justification, the state of sanctifying grace (Trent, Sess. 6, Chap. 4). The term signifies the transition from being a child of Adam (the state of original sin) to becoming an adopted son of God (the state of sanctifying grace). Pope St. Leo the Great, in fact, confirms that this passage of St. John’s Gospel is talking about becoming a son of God by the Sacrament of Baptism.

Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon 63: On the Passion (+ c. 460 A.D.): “… from the birth of baptism an unending multitude are born to God, of whom it is said: Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (Jn. 1:15).” (The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, Vol. 2, p. 151.)

So as God, through St. John, is describing man’s being “born again” to the state of grace in Baptism, He speaks of those who are born, “NOT OF BLOOD, NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH, NOR OF THE WILL OF MAN, BUT OF GOD”! The “will of the flesh” is desire. The “will of man” is desire. “Blood” is blood. In my opinion, what God is saying here in this very verse is that in order to become a son of God – in order to be justified – it does not suffice to be born again of blood or desire (i.e., baptism of blood or desire). One must be born again of God. The only way to be born again of God is to be baptized with water in the name of God: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Mt. 28:19).

Dear Br Dimond.

A protestant invites me to attend a lecture on creation by another protestant this Friday. It's not in any protestant temple and there's no religious service. If there's no praying together, can I attend it? Thanks


Yes, we don’t see any reason why you couldn’t go unless attacking the Catholic Faith is somehow an integral part of his presentation on Creation (which we highly doubt). You should at least try to convert the Protestant who invited you, of course, if you haven’t done so already.

I heard Brother Michael's interview on Coast to Coast.  I cannot believe they let that lunatic JC yell and scream away on the airways.  Anyway, I do have a serious question: If the 3rd secret given at Fatima by Our Lady was never revealed or made public, how do we (or how does Brother Michael) know what it contained?

Thank you!
Susanna Szilard


Thank you for your question. While we don’t know infallibly, we can say almost with certainty (based on a number of things) that the Third Secret concerns apostasy from the Catholic Faith by people who purport to hold positions of authority in Rome.

First, the very words which come just before the undisclosed Third Secret are: “In Portugal the dogma of Faith will always be preserved… etc. [Third Secret].” Since these are the last words before the Third Secret, they imply that the Third Secret deals with the dogma of Faith not being preserved. 

Second, people who have commented on the Third Secret, including high-ranking members of the Vatican II sect – who purport to have read the Third Secret or to have acquired intimate knowledge of its contents (including Joseph Ratzinger, “Cardinal” Ciappi) – reveal that it has to do with the loss of the Faith.

"In the Third Secret [of Fatima] it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top." (Mario L. Ciappi, “cardinal” and household theologian to John Paul II, quoted in The Devil's Final Battle, p. 33)

Third, Our Lady said it would be clearer in 1960, and this was just after Vatican II was called – the very council which put into motion the major apostasy from the Faith we are all now living through.

In the Heresy of the Week, some comments are made about the Jewish domination of the media. Those who doubt this fact simply need to do more research. To give just a tiny example, here is a link to some of the most prominent anchors featured on the website of CNN – “the most trusted name in news.”

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After viewing your DVD on The Heresies of Benedict and of the "new order" church, I have cried all day. Where have I been and how can I just sit here and do nothing about the way Our Lord Jesus THE Christ is being insulted and demeaned.I plan to first educate myself with the Truth,and then I can with God's help educate my loved ones and those who really and trully love The Lord and did not realize this was taking place. I am trully frightened because as a Bible Catholic (I have studied the Bible for 22 years under several teachers) I know that Jesus Christ IS THE way THE Truth and THE Life, and He warned us that many false prophets would arise,but I NEVER thought that it would go as far… And then as a Catholic there is the "obedience thing", I was taught to obey. But in my heart I do know that I hear that we can't conform to the world, and that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, the Word does not change to become "politically correct". Who are we trying to please? God or man. The mystery of our faith that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, how could anybody doubt that, and the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, it is the altar (not table) and that is one of our greatest sacraments, when we celebrate the actual death and crucifixion of our Lord.. Anyway please could you direct, guide me, I live 40 miles south of the city of Miami,in Florida… Thank you very much, from your sister in Christ Jesus,

Lourdes V. Manning

Many of our readers are familiar with some of our past articles which have refuted a certain Bob. S. – a defender of Vatican II and the New Mass. Since he has been thoroughly refuted, there really hasn’t been much point in bringing him up again. We do so now because he recently stated that souls can be saved in any religion.

Bob S., Q and A, August 2006, Question 1: “So it's not the religion of the Jew or Moslem or Protetant that will save him. If any Jew, Moslem or Protestant IS saved, it will be in spite of their "religion" or "faith-line" and it will only be because they have submitted, in part, to Catholic doctrine and practice. That's why even Protestants can be saved if they submit to the Catholic understanding of baptism.

“In addition, one of those Catholic "practices" is leading a moral and worshipful life. If, for example, a non-Catholic, by the laws of God written on his heart, obeys them to the best of his ability (without committing mortal sin), he at least has a chance of making it to heaven. This all comes under the teaching of "invincible ignorance" as taught by even the early Church, and reitereated specifically by Pius IX. It has nothing to do with whether he is "Protestant, Jew or Moslem." He could be of any religion, but as long as he worships and obeys God in invincible ignorance, he too can be saved. But if he, knowing that the Catholic Church is the true Church, deliberate refuses to join her, he will be condemned, whether he is Protestant, Jew or Moslem, or any religion. The big problem with EWTN's statement is that they imply that God will save them precisely because they are "Protestant, Jew or Moslem," and that is highly erroneous.”

This shows, once again, that Bob S. is not remotely a believer in Catholic Faith or dogma (such as Outside the Church There is No Salvation), but a manifest heretic. His words are not only blatantly heretical (condemned by many popes, such as Eugene IV), but when he says “He [the person saved] could be of any religion,” his words are basically word for word condemned by Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors.

Pope Pius IX- Syllabus of Modern Errors- Proposition 16, Dec. 8, 1854: “Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation.” – Condemned

Pope Gregory XVI, Summo Iugiter Studio (# 2), May 27, 1832: “Finally some of these misguided people attempt to persuade themselves and others that men are not saved only in the Catholic religion, but that even heretics may attain eternal life.”

Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos (# 13), Aug. 15, 1832: “With the admonition of the apostle, that ‘there is one God, one faith, one baptism’ (Eph. 4:5), may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that ‘those who are not with Christ are against Him,’ (Lk. 11:23) and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore, ‘without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate (Athanasian Creed).’”

Brother Michael and Brother Peter,

I just finished reading the updates on the email exchange portion of your website.  It brought something to mind.  The story in Daniel chapter 3, about Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago.  There is quite a parallel with what is going on today.  When you read the story you will notice that King Nabuchodonosor never told the people to stop worshiping their gods or God; he only ordered them, at the sound of the bell, to acknowledge and adore the false god.  The same is happening today, the novus ordo church isn't telling anyone to give up the worship of their god, (so they think) but they must accept all the false gods/religions as well. How slick is the devil, as he tells everyone, have your God, but accept everyone else's too.  And as the people follow, they deny the One True God, when they accept the false gods/religions. Sidrach, Misach and Abdenago knew that if they were to obey the order, they would have denied God and apostatized from the faith.  If only people today had the faith to see it. 

Paul Smith


Yes, that’s a very good point. People don’t realize that what the Vatican II antipopes and heresies have done is – without even bringing the “gods” of the heathens into the temple itself – they have caused the people (who imbibe the new religion) to fall into an effective worship of the gods of the heathens by an acceptance of their false religions (and therefore the false gods they worship). So, for those who imbibe the new religion, it’s as if they have brought the idols of the heathens into the temple to be worshipped alongside the true God – without even literally having done so. If people really saw things the way they are and the way that God sees them, they would realize that this what the Vatican II antipopes have done: they have put the worship of false gods alongside the worship of the true God. That was their mission from Satan. We see this, for instance, in these quotes:

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We recently received a call from a woman in Anchorage, Alaska who had been attending the New Mass (the Novus Ordo). She was recommended to our website by a friend. She is now convinced of the fullness of the Catholic Faith and has come up to speed on the evils of the New Mass and the post-Vatican II apostasy. What we wanted to share with our readers is that this woman informed us that at her parish in Anchorage, the Novus Ordo “priest” Fr. Patrick Fletcher uses muppets at every 10:30 Sunday Mass for many months during the year. “Fr. Kermit” and “Sr. Piggy” emerge from a box on the altar and carry on a dialogue in their distinctive voices in order to instruct the people. Wow… just when one thinks that the Vatican II sect has reached the full depths of its sacrilegious aberrations and apostasy, there’s always something new. It truly is a new religion.

Dear Brother Michael Dimond,

God bless you for your labors for the True Faith, for our Lord and Holy Mother and the salvation of souls. May THEIR reign come!! Daily there are signs there will be almost no souls left faithful, without the Lord's mercy none would remain. Thank you for last week's heresy of the week on Bro. Roger again stating the Truth. Also, I read your book on Padre Pio daily, it is the best summation of his life, thank you!!  May you be blessed in a special way this feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, and every day,

In Her Immaculate Heart,


Dear Most Holy Family Monastery,

I live in the southern Utah/Las Vegas area… I've been looking for the true church for a while now wanting to be baptised.  When I initially looked into the Catholic church I found the obvious and most blatant heresies of ecumenism and inter-religous prayer to be appalling.  Until I read some articles by traditional Catholics and found your website, I hadn't been aware that many Catholics haven't accepted Vatican II.  Thank you for your time and effort.

Max G.

Dear Brothers

The piece about Mother Teresa reminds me of martyrs who were asked to offer just a pinch of incense to the gods and their lives would be spared and they could worship as they pleased.  They died rather than acknowledge a pagan religion. That's what Catholicism is about; it's about dying for the faith if necessary to preserve good example and save souls. 

  1. Moulder

Pensacola FL


Yes, that’s exactly right. False ecumenism is so evil not only because it rejects the true God, but also because it mocks and renders meaningless the countless sufferings of Catholics not to become pagans or Muslims or Lutherans or Anglicans, etc. etc. The Vatican II sect covers them all – praises paganism, Islam, heretical and schismatic sects, mocking all the saints and martyrs – and is thus the mother of all the (spiritual) fornications.

Apocalypse 17:5- "And on her forehead a name was written: A mystery; Babylon the great, the mother of the fornications, and the abominations of the earth."


I have enjoyed watching your online videos.  I suppose my favorite is the "Creation and Miracles, Past and Present." The point about the earth being only around 5,000 years old is major.  If our world is only 5,000 years old, it would make a person's life feel a lot more significant than if the earth is millions and millions of years old.  The theory of evolution is a depressing topic.

Anyway, in your "Creation" video, Padre Pio is featured, a favorite saint of mine… Are there some saints in the church that could not really be saints?  There have been some questions about the sainthood of Elizabeth Seton.  Some have stated that there was a heavy lobby in Rome to make her a saint because she was an American, and one of the necessary miracles was dispensed with in order to make her a saint.  Is this true?  I was converted to Catholicism in the mid-80's by in older, more traditional Catholic priest, and he gave Elizabeth Seton as my saint.  I've never really cared for that saint.

I've listened to the recorded versions of your 2 radio broadcasts... I think they have gone well and wish you the best in the future.


Dona Beall


Dona, thank you for your comments. Elizabeth Ann Seton was "canonized" by Antipope Paul VI in 1975.  He obviously had no authority to canonize, since he was an antipope.  This does not mean that Elizabeth Ann Seton is not in Heaven or wouldn't be worthy of canonization by a true pope; it simply means that, as of yet, she has never been canonized and therefore we cannot say infallibly that she is to be numbered among the saints.

Since some have desperately attempted to defend Vatican II’s teaching that Muslims and Catholics worship the same God, we will offer some further brief thoughts on this matter in light of the definition of Islam.  We and others have made similar points before, but when one reads the definition of Islam it really should strike one how false and heretical this teaching of Vatican II is.  Catholics and Muslims don’t have the same God.

“Muhammad’s religion is called Islam, meaning submission to the will of God.  Its adherents are Muslims.  Their creed is utterly simple, stark and hard-lined as mountains against a desert sunset, proclaimed five times every day from the minarets in every Muslim city: la ilaha illa-l-Lah, Muhammadun rasulul-Lah (‘There is no God whatsoever but Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of God.’Merely to pronounce this creed makes a man a Muslim.  Thereafter the penalty for apostasy is death, with no questions asked and no exceptions granted.” (Warren H. Carroll, A History of Christendom, Vol. 2, p. 217)

Let’s think about this: “There is no God whatsoever but Allah,” according to the Muslims.  And Muhammad is his messenger.  This means, therefore, that according to the Muslims the “God” for whom Muhammad is the messenger is the only God.  As they say, “There is no other God whatsoever” except the one for whom Muhammad was messenger.  Muhammad said that God had no Son (Koran, Surah XIX, “Mary”), and denied the Trinity.  Therefore, it is an undeniable fact that the Muslims worship no God “whatsoever” except the one who has no Son and is not a Trinity – the one for whom Muhammad spoke.  Vatican II worships the same “God.”

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Our Lord tells us in Matthew 10 that one’s enemies will be those of one’s own house. We see this clearly in the case of St. Thomas Aquinas. His family was so opposed to his decision to pursue a vocation that they locked him up in a castle, and sent him a prostitute in the hope that it would destroy his vocation:

“… Thomas was abducted by his brother Rinaldo… and taken to the second family castle… Thomas… vehemently resisted attempts to tear the Dominican habit from his back, and in a famous episode which probably occurred on the night of his capture or the following night, drove away with a firebrand a prostitute who had been sent to his room to seduce him from his vocation.” (Carroll, The Glory of Christendom, Vol. 3, p. 260.)


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