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THE ASTOUNDING AND EPIC APOSTASY OF ERIC HOYLE
-He swears that the Vatican II “Benedictines” are the true Order of St. BenedictHe became radical against MHFM when it suited the Devil’s desires; then he became a liberal,
oppose MHFM. It has become quite clear to us that he is simply a tool.
Vatican II sect-endorsing apostate when it suited the Devil’s desires for him to continue to
By Bro. Peter Dimond
****NOTE: This article concerns our recent lawsuit with Eric Hoyle, which we won. All of his fraudulent, false and mortally sinful claims were dismissed. People can read the judge’s official order here [pdf file]***** A few of our readers are familiar with Eric Hoyle. We recently won our lawsuit against him.
Summary Judgment was granted in our favor dismissing all of his baseless claims and accusations.
In the course of discovery, Hoyle gave a number of official sworn responses to interrogatories. In those responses Eric Hoyle declared that the “persons and monasteries” of the Vatican II sect’s “Order of St. Benedict” are the legitimate members of the Order of St. Benedict. As I will expand upon in this article, this is an astounding and remarkable development for a variety of reasons. For approximately the last five years, Eric Hoyle claimed to reject Benedict XVI as an antipope. He also claimed to reject the Vatican II sect as a non-Catholic sect. He also condemned countless others as heretics and mortal sinners for supposedly holding communion with Antipope Benedict XVI. For those and other reasons, his recent act of apostasy is an epic one. I will offer more comments on this below, but first it’s necessary to quote his relevant responses in full.
In reading Hoyle’s responses below, please notice that he describes the "publicly recognized Order of St. Benedict" as the one which has departed from Catholic doctrine. This demonstrates that he's referring to the Vatican II/Novus Ordo "Order of St. Benedict." The fact that he’s referring to the Vatican II/Novus Ordo “Order of St. Benedict” is obvious; but I felt it was important to emphasize this point in case anyone attempted to defend this execrable apostate. He then goes on to say that, after a period of "puzzlement" and further consideration, he has developed his position on the Order of St. Benedict. He then declares that the "persons and monasteries" in the aforementioned group (i.e., the Vatican II "Order") are the legitimate members of the Order of
St. Benedict! Here it is:
ERIC HOYLE’S SWORN RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER OF ST. BENEDICT,DATED DEC. 3, 2010 “Interrogatory # 5: Identify the monasteries that you consider to be legitimate members of the Order of St. Benedict.
[ERIC HOYLE'S SWORN STATEMENT] “Response: Upon information and belief, all monasteries ofthe Order of St. Benedict, i.e., those monasteries founded in accordance with the Order’s applicable rules and procedures, are listed in two annual publications: The Official Catholic Directory and The Catalogus of the Benedictine Federation.
Supplemental Response: I consider monasteries to be legitimate members of the Order of St. Benedict (OSB) if their foundation and operations follow the procedures of the Order.
My conception of these procedures is not expert and has been developing in the years since I departed MHFM.
When I was under the influence of MHFM, I believed that one could lose his membership in the OSB by openly departing from the Catholic faith. I believed, and still believe, that such departure from the Catholic faith has generally occurred in the monasteries whose membership in the OSB dates back to the times before the Second Vatican Council and the New Mass.
I have firmly resolved not to belie this religious belief in the course of the present lawsuit.
To avoid any appearance of doing so, I said the following in my affidavit of August 8, 2008:
12. My own belief is that the publicly recognized Order of St. Benedict organization has in recent decades departed from authentic Catholic religious doctrine on certain matters, and that this undermines its Benedictine legitimacy.
The lack of clarity in the word “undermines” reflects my puzzlement at the time about how to describe the persons and monasteries that are now publicly recognized as the legitimate members of the OSB in contradistinction to persons or groups who OSB. Now, after further consideration, I consider these to be falsely claim to have been admitted into the OSB or who simply declare themselves Benedictine monks. The essential element to their legitimacy is their adherence to the procedures of the Order. This agrees with my reply to Interrogatory 22.
Because I lack personal knowledge of the circumstances surrounding each monastery’s founding and operations, my testimony regarding their membership in the OSB would be secondhand. I can only assume that documents published by the OSB give an accurate record of the persons and monasteries that have followed the procedures set forth by the OSB to become its members.
This should serve to clarify my previous response, which was as follows:
Upon information and belief, all monasteries of the Order of St. Benedict, i.e., those monasteries founded in accordance with the Order’s applicable rules and procedures, are listed in two annual publications: The Official Catholic Directory and The Catalogus of the Benedictine Federation.
Interrogatory 6. Is St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, PA a legitimate Benedictine monastery at present, and was it a legitimate Benedictine monastery in 2005, at the time you entered Most Holy Family Monastery?
Response: Upon information and belief, St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is listed in the aforementioned works as a monastery of the Order of St. Benedict.”
-----END OF QUOTE FROM ERIC HOYLE’S RESPONSES ----In this sworn statement, Eric Hoyle declares that the “persons and monasteries” of the Vatican II sect’s “Order of St. Benedict” are the true and legitimate members of the Order of St. Benedict. This is complete and total apostasy; it’s flabbergasting actually, when we consider what Hoyle has been saying and doing for approximately the last five years.
According to Hoyle’s new position, the most radical heretics in the Counter Church are the true members of the Order of St. Benedict. This would include someone like Sr. Joan Chittister, “O.S.B.,” the notoriously heretical Novus Ordo nun who favors women “priests” and other heresies. She’s so heretical, in fact, that many in the Counter Church even ostracize her; yet she’s truly “O.S.B.,” according to the apostate Eric Hoyle.
According to Hoyle’s new position, the “Benedictines” at Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota are legitimate members of the Order of St. Benedict. As documented in our book, The Truth about What Really Happened to the Catholic Church after Vatican II (a book Hoyle read and agreed with when he was here), the apostates at St. John’s “Benedictine” Abbey held a “Monks in the West” meeting with Buddhist “monks.” Their magazine states: “We devoted two full days to sharing our personal spiritual journeys… attending the Buddhist community’s chanting services, meditating together and enjoying superb Chinese vegetarian cuisine.” 1 These idolaters are true members of the “O.S.B.,” according to the apostate Eric Hoyle.
According to Eric Hoyle, the countless apostate “Benedictines” who embrace salvation outside the Church, Assisi-style interfaith worship, all the heresies of Vatican II, false ecumenism with Protestants, Zen-Buddhism in their communities, attacks on the inerrancy of Scripture, attacks on the historicity of Jesus Christ, the acceptance of homosexuality, etc. ad nauseam, are truly members of the Order of St. Benedict. In some ways, Eric Hoyle’s apostasy is worse than Martin Luther’s.
While Martin Luther was more heretical, blasphemous and obviously more influential, after he had been formally excommunicated and taken his full stand against the Catholic Church, Luther was basically consistent in his rejection of the Catholic Church. It’s not as if after 1520, Luther would sometimes pretend that he regarded the Catholic Church as legitimate, if he thought it might redound to his benefit.
Eric Hoyle, on the other hand, has spent approximately the last five years denouncing Antipope Benedict XVI and the Vatican II sect. Some of those years were spent denouncing as mortal sinners and/or heretics all those he considers to be in any way in communion with Antipope Benedict XVI.
He even made a concerted effort to call people all over the country – including some he only spoke with one time – to “warn” them about becoming heretics for being in any way in communion with Antipope Benedict XVI. He also sent out a public letter warning hundreds of the same. But now this unspeakable (other-worldly) hypocrite and apostate turns around and professes that Antipope Benedict’s “Benedictines” are the true ones. It’s incredible.
WHY DID HE DO IT?
Before explaining how there is poetic justice and divine irony in this turn of events, we must consider the question: why did he do it? The answer to that question is the most revealing part of this true story. Eric Hoyle changed his position on whom he considers to be Benedictines because he thought it would help him win a lawsuit. He was confronted with a choice. He was directly asked which persons and monasteries he considers to be legitimate Benedictines and legitimate members of the Order of St. Benedict. He feared that if he professed his “faith,” and stayed The Abbey Banner – Magazine of St. John’s Abbey, Winter, 2006, p. 24.
consistent with his previous position (i.e., that there are no true Benedictines that he knows of, since he considers them all to be heretics), it would damage (if not completely eliminate) any chance he had to prevail in a lawsuit. So, he had a choice: 1) sell his soul and acknowledge the religious order of Antipope Benedict XVI or 2) stay consistent with his religious beliefs. Eric Hoyle chose to sell his soul and deny his belief.
The following statement is relevant in this regard. Hoyle says: “The lack of clarity in the word ‘undermines’ reflects my puzzlement at the time about how to describe the persons and consider these to be legitimate members of the OSB in contradistinction to persons or groups monasteries that are now publicly recognized as the OSB. Now, after further consideration, I who falsely claim to have been admitted into the OSB or who simply declare themselves Benedictine monks.” What was this “further consideration” that caused Hoyle to so radically alter his position? In my opinion, it was the consideration that his chances in a lawsuit would be severely damaged, if not altogether eliminated, if he did not acknowledge the Vatican II sect’s “Benedictines” to be legitimate. Simply put: he changed his position because he thought it would help him in court.
Hoyle’s dastardly deed subjects him to eternal shame and a depth of disgrace that puts him arguably on a par, in terms of one’s willingness to deny the truth of Christ, with Lucifer and Judas.
Hoyle probably hoped that his deplorable denial of Christ and acceptance of the Vatican II sect would go unreported or unnoticed by his few sedevacantist friends. It’s amazing to think that he probably still converses with sedevacantists who purport to be uncompromising traditional Catholics. Apparently, while conversing with them he presents himself as an uncompromising traditional Catholic who rejects the Vatican II Church. He obviously doesn’t want people to know what he did. Before making more comments on this point, a bit more background is in order.
HOYLE’S DARK DESCENT INTO SCHISM AND HERESY –
HIS ATTEMPTS TO TAKE DOWN MHFMAfter residing at MHFM for well over two years, taking vows and outwardly demonstrating contentment and agreement during the entire period, Eric Hoyle abruptly and without notice departed Most Holy Family Monastery on Dec. 31, 2007. Hoyle decided to depart MHFM because one day in 2007 he suddenly and radically changed his religious beliefs. What happened was that about 24 hours before he departed Hoyle read writings by a “traditionalist” named R.I. who claims to be a prophet. The so-called “prophet” denounced MHFM, as well as our positions on various issues. After reading “the prophet’s” writings, Hoyle was deeply moved and (wrongly) concluded that MHFM’s position on where people may receive sacraments is heretical, evil and mortally sinful.
This “religious experience” of reading “the prophet’s” writings, and discovering what he considered to be life-altering information, sparked a sudden and drastic change within Eric Hoyle. As we’ve mentioned before, we believe that Hoyle fell into actual schism and was overtaken by the Devil. The change was so sudden, in fact, that Hoyle instantly went from one of MHFM’s strongest supporters to its sworn enemy. Eric Hoyle had been an enthusiastic proponent of MHFM for over two years, but now he was committed to “taking down” Most Holy Family Monastery. Joseph Myers, who spent time with Hoyle at the hotel in the days immediately following Hoyle’s departure from MHFM,
A. When we got to the hotel, his [Hoyle’s] determination was that these guys are heretics and I’m going to take these guys down. So that was his determination.
Q. Did he say that to you, sir?
A. Say again?
Q. Did he say that to you.
Q. He said he was going to take these guys down?
A. Yes. As soon as he was convinced that these guys are heretics, when we got to the hotel, that’s when he was like, ‘Listen, these guys are heretics, and I’m going to take these guys down. I’m taking them for all their worth. I’m taking them down.’ Q. Did you have an understanding to whom he was referring?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. What was that?
A. That was Bro. Michael and Bro. Peter and the whole monastery basically.
Q. Most Holy Family Monastery?