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Boniface X to the nations:

We call upon the faithful to beware of the schismatic and heretical monastery known as Most Holy Family Monastery of Peter Dimond and Michael Dimond.  We have patiently urged them to convert to the truth. Unfortunately, after much patience and private admonition, the Roman Pontiff having received no response, their heresy is exposed in this decree, so that the Church may be mindful of the dangers they pose. These men are heretics who have despised the majesty of authority, and have sought to create a following without a papacy, based upon deadly heretical poison.

Their hold to the heresy that material heretics can be saved upon their death, even if they never convert to the Catholic Faith.  


Specifically, they teach that as long as a man is baptized and has a desire to submit to the Roman Pontiff, even if he holds to a heresy, he can still be saved as long as he has not consciously encountered a formal statement of the true dogma that contradicts his heresy.  

Peter Dimond explains the heresy of Dimondism this way:


’Material heretic’ is a term used by theologians to describe a Catholic erring in good faith regarding some Church teaching, who has not denied it deliberately. The only way that one can be a “material heretic” is by being unaware that the position that he holds is contrary to the teaching of the Church. Such a person would change his position immediately upon being informed of the Church’s teaching on the matter. Thus, a so-called “material heretic” is not a heretic, but rather a confused Catholic who denies nothing of that which he knows the Church to have taught. (Peter Dimond and Michael Dimond, Most Holy Family Monastery, 21 Answers to the Most Common Objections Against Sedevacantism from The Truth About What Really Happened to the Catholic Church After Vatican II)


We see in this quotation that Peter Dimond and Michael Dimond even admit that the material heretic “holds” to a position contrary to the Catholic Faith, i.e. to heresy.


This forces the conclusion that men who do not hold the Catholic Faith, but hold to heresy, can be saved from eternal fire. The Dimonds’ position denies the dogmatic Athanasian Creed and the Council of Florence:


Whoever wills to be saved, before all things it is necessary that he holds the Catholic Faith. Unless a person keeps this faith whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish eternally.- Pope Eugene IV, citing the universal and infallible Athanasian Creed, Council of Florence 1442 A.D.


Clearly, the Dimonds contradict the Athanasian Creed and are in error and deceived.


The Apostolic See is especially mindful of Dimondism because it closely resembles the Catholic Faith.  Dimondism claims to support the notion that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church, and that water baptism is required for salvation. Yet, by failing on one point regarding salvation for material heretics, they have become heretics. No matter how vociferously they contend that they are of the truth, and that they have set the dividing line of the Church of God, they have broken down all hope of salvation through their subtle error, and they have cast themselves outside the line of division they purport to uphold.

The truth is manifest that among those who will to be saved, only those men who hold the Catholic Faith whole and inviolate can be saved. This was defined at the Council of Florence and in the Athanasian Creed. This was further confirmed by Our Predecessor Pope Leo XIII in the Satis Cognitum who held that if a man holds to even a single heresy (material or formal), he is condemned:


“St. Augustine notes that other heresies may spring up, to a single one of which, should any one give his assent, he is by the very fact cut off from Catholic unity. "No one who merely disbelieves in all these heresies can for that reason regard himself as a Catholic or call himself one. For there may be or may arise some other heresies, which are not set out in this work of ours, and, if any one holds to one single one of these he is not a Catholic" (S. Augustinus, De Haeresibus, n. 88).” (Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum, #9, 1896).


Therefore, We condemn the heresy of the "Most Holy Family Monastery" and the Dimonds. We condemn what shall henceforth be called Dimondism.

Not only do these men claim that material heretics can be saved, but because of this deadly poison that they have injected everywhere, the Dimondists teach that men can attend the religious services of non-Catholics and receive the eucharist from heretics, because they falsely hold out the hope that the faithless who conduct these services are material heretics inside the Catholic Church. Also, because they rarely have clear evidence for distinguishing who is a "formal" and who is a "material" heretic, they must resort to speculation and uncertainty.  All heretics and schismatics must be avoided.   


The Dimonds also to not properly subordinate canon laws.  The Dimonds hold that men may receive sacraments from heretics and schismatics.  However, the canon laws only permit reception of the sacraments from those who are excommunicated.  These canons must always be interpreted in light of higher level authoritative teaching such as from encyclicals and the ex cathedra magisterium.  This higher level authority clearly indicates that heretics and schismatics are an exception to this rule of receiving sacraments from excommunicated persons.  There can be no society of darkness with light.  The heretics and schismatics are more than merely excommunicated, they are odious and God has always commanded that they must be avoided at all cost, as a grave danger to faith. See Graves Ac Diuturnae  (Pius IX 1875) for just one of the many teachings of the Roman Pontiffs on this matter.  Further, no one can share in the authority or jurisdiction of Peter unless they are in communion with him, as declared by Our Predecessor Leo XIII (Satis Cognitum #15, Leo XIII, 1896).  Thus no heretical or schismatic priest can exercise jurisdiction for confession.  An excommunicated priest who is in the Church (i.e. one who is an excommunicated Catholic) may hear confessions in times of emergency, but no heretic or schismatic can hear confessions.


Dimondism is not the faith of the Catholic Church or Our Predecessors, who have declared that the Church has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics, and that all men who hold to any other faith than the Catholic faith are outside of the Catholic Church. It does not matter whether they hold to this false faith materially or formally, they are not Catholic, and they are not inside the Catholic Church. It does not matter whether they realize they are holding to heresy or not, they are not inside the Catholic Church.

Peter Dimond, Michael Dimond, and those who follow Dimondism are therefore rejected and condemned, let them be ANATHEMA.

Boniface X, Servant of the Servants of God
DELIVERED this 8th day of March, 2014.