A right-wing provocateur banned from entering Australia in 2019 for comments made about Islam after the Christchurch massacre, Milo Yiannopoulos, has told a pro-life Christian site that he is “ex-gay” because he is devoted to Jesus Christ “and the works of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church”.
LifeSite questioned Yiannopolous about his changed lifestyle.
“When I used to kid that I only became gay to torment my mother, I wasn’t entirely joking,” Yiannopolous told LifeSite.
“Of course, I was never wholly at home in the gay lifestyle — Who is? Who could be? — and only leaned heavily into it in public because it drove liberals crazy to see a handsome, charismatic, intelligent gay man riotously celebrating conservative principles.”
Having grown up Catholic, the British man became known as a Breitbart News senior editor and agitator who is Pro-Trump, and has been a vocal opponent of abortion and feminism. In 2016, he was banned from Twitter for “trolling”. In 2017, comments he made which seemed to condone pedophilia surfaced, causing him to quit his job, be dumped by supporters, and lose book deals and speaking tours.
“They say if you let one sin in, others will follow, and now I truly know what that means …” – Milo Yiannopolous
Having been challenged two years ago by Church Militant to consider a “chaste life”, Yiannopolous claims that for the past four years he has been trying to live up to the Catholic faith.
He confirmed to LifeSite that he has consecrated his life to St Joseph (the patron saint of workers).
“Secular attempts at recovery from sin are either temporary or completely ineffective,” said Yiannopolous, who married his boyfriend but now claims to have “demoted” him to “housemate”.
“Salvation can only be achieved through devotion to Christ and the works of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
“I don’t mean to suggest it’s been easy, just simple: Our Lord endured worse than any of us and promised us that we have to take up a heavy cross each day.
“I take this to mean that the more love and the less lust in us, the more we cease to obscure Christ and instead reveal Him, in whose image we are made.”
Yiannopolous’ interview has been met with scepticism and derision by LGBTQ sites. LGBTQ Nation questioned Yiannopolous’ sincerity and asked if is he “trolling” the Republican Party. Queerty summed up the LifeSite interview as “so absurd we had to double-check it wasn’t satire. Yiannopoulos casts himself as a martyr who’s fully committed to living a gay-free life.”
When asked by LifeSite what else he would like to add, Yiannopolous said: “As you might expect, my professional priorities are shifting somewhat, given my new spiritual preoccupations. Over the next decade, I would like to help rehabilitate what the media calls ‘conversion therapy’. It does work, albeit not for everybody. As for my other aspirations and plans, well, no change: I’ve always considered abortion to be the pre-eminent moral horror of human history. I’ll keep saying so — even more loudly than before.”
“They say if you let one sin in, others will follow, and now I truly know what that means: As I’ve begun to resist sinful sexual urges, I’ve found myself drinking less, smoking less … I am coming to realise, however slowly, that lust — per Augustine — is disordered desire for all sorts of things, not just NFL players.”