Most Holy Family Monastery seems to be pretty much a one-man operation. That one man is Michael Dimond, age 31. In 1995, when he was only 22, he succeeded the recently-deceased founder of the monastery.
That alone should be grounds for pause. Have you ever heard of a legitimate monastery that would select as leader someone who was too young to rent a car?
In fact Most Holy Family Monastery is not a real monastery and is not a real Benedictine foundation. Dimond puts “O.S.B.” after his name, but he is in no way associated with the Order of St. Benedict.
His web site hovers around the 2,000,000 mark in the rankings of all web sites–that is, there are 2,000,000 other sites that are visited more frequently than his is. (Over the last week catholic.com has been around 7,800 in the rankings.) That Dimond’s site ranks so low should be a comfort: Almost no one visits his site, which means not many people are being injured by it.
Not that I would expect much injury to come from it even if the site were ranked high. The reason is that Dimond’s positions are just, well, goofy. It isn’t just that he is a sedevacantist. It is that he has excommunicated everyone else on the Catholic right.
He thinks that the groups and publications that normally come to mind when one hears the phrase “extreme Traditionalists” (such as “The Remnant” and “Catholic Family News”) are themselves awash in liberal heresy.
Feel free to visit his site and see for yourself. I’m not worried that anyone at the forums will succumb to Dimond’s arguments, but it might be good for you to see what happens when bad logic is joined with hysterical claims.
(Besides, you’d give him a thrill: It wouldn’t take many visitors to bring his site’s ranking up to 1,900,000 for a week.)