Over five weeks ago, I sent the following answers to questions I was asked by America magazine, a journal run by Jesuits. They have chosen not to publish it, perhaps out of compassion, fearing too many of their aging readers would suffer heart failure. Or perhaps they couldn’t stand my tweaking of their most famous contributor, Fr. James Martin, notorious for equivocating over any Church teaching that might cause a stir at an Anglican garden party.
 
Amusingly, while the Jesuits struggled to decide if they could bear to publish my answers, one of the Church’s highest ranking Cardinals called out Fr. Martin by name as “one of the most outspoken critics of the church’s message with regard to sexuality.” That means my side in this dispute enjoys support from a black prince of the Church raised on a continent where martyrdom is common, while the other side’s champion is a white bourgeois man in whose life the worst threat is that the wine is a bit off this week
Ask yourself:  Which of these men would you want to have your six?

 

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Although you grew up Catholic, you now say and do many shocking things in your public career which seem to be at odds with your childhood faith. In what sense do you still consider yourself a Catholic? 
 
Plenty of saints were shocking, to say nothing of our Lord, who got in a spot of trouble for His shocking claims, as you might recall. I am certainly no saint, but I don’t think “shocking” is a helpful way of approaching the question of Catholics in public life. It doesn’t settle much to say that the current Pope is shocking to many Catholics, including me. Or to note that I’m shocked by supposedly Catholic politicians who make laws in flat contradiction to the natural law, which you need no faith to grasp.
 
In my case, do you mean it’s shocking that a Catholic like me is loudly worried about Islam, which has waged war on Holy Mother Church for more than a millennium? 
 
Or that I say Planned Parenthood’s abortion crusade amounts to black genocide? 
 
Or that I’ve supported Pope Paul VI’s criticism of artificial contraception so strongly that Hillary Clinton attacked me for it in her presidential campaign? 
 
Frankly, what’s really shocking is that a poor sinner like me has spoken out more on contraception than 99% of our bishops, who seem too preoccupied with diversity and climate change to talk about God. 
 
Maybe you mean it’s shocking that I’m always joking about my lack of chastity and my fondness for black dudes, but I still call myself Catholic. And I don’t see what’s so shocking about that, either. One of the most famous saints of all time, sixteen centuries ago, prayed, “Lord, make me chaste, but not yet.” 
 
Anyone who grows up in Catholic cities like New Orleans and Rome emerges pretty unshockable — and certainly wouldn’t be alarmed by me.
 
I think it was a visit to New Orleans that inspired Evelyn Waugh to make an observation I often quote:  Protestants seem to think, I’m good, therefore I go to church, whereas Catholics think, I’m very bad, therefore I go to church. Waugh also said, when people asked how he could call himself a Catholic: You have no idea how bad I’d be if I weren’t.
 
Sins of the flesh, let us remember, are at the bottom of the scale. The Church says self-righteousness is at the top. Therefore, I’m in a lot better shape than some of my feminist and establishment Republican enemies. To say nothing of Islam! 
 
In life, I believe in aspiration. If you’re a poor kid, aspire to rise economically. If you’re shy, aspire to confidence, so you can defend your views in public. And if you’re a wretched sinner like me, aspire to end up better than you are now. Miracles do happen! 
 
 
Where do you experience tensions with Catholicism in your life?
 
Who says any Catholic should lack tension stoked by his weaknesses? We Catholics are better at clothes, food, and parties. Why shouldn’t we be better at guilt, too?
 
You don’t see me disputing the Church’s teachings on homosexuality. There’s no intellectual tension, because I wouldn’t dream of demanding that the Church throw away her hard truths just to lie to me in hopes I’ll feel better about myself. I love the truth, not lies, and I know no one’s feelings are the basis of truth. 
 
That’s why I don’t understand those Catholics — such as, if you’ll forgive my horrid impertinence, this magazine’s editor at large, Fr. Martin — who imply that if people don’t like what the Church says, maybe the Church is wrong or should apologize. The Church was founded on a rock and a cross, not on a hug.
 
Still, if you insist I talk about feelings, I’ve said before that I feel there’s something wrong with the fact that my lovemaking can’t produce the mini-Milo’s I’d like to have. How’s that for a subjective confirmation of the Church teaching that same-sex attraction is “objectively disordered” because it can’t lead to procreation?
 
Bottom line:  The Church says I’m not culpable for my temptations, but I shouldn’t sin. She’s right. And her founder said He came to heal those who knew they were sick, so I don’t despair.
 
 
What was the best thing about your Catholic upbringing?
 
One good thing was hearing Mary praised for her motherhood. Whatever my own mother’s shortcomings, I learned that motherhood is the greatest vocation, and one that God banned all men from. That’s why I think it’s sad that today’s feminists, as Chesterton observed, despise motherhood and all the other chief feminine characteristics. The idea that men and women shouldn’t be different — shouldn’t have different interests, strengths, and ways of relating to Creation — is insane, and it’s empirical fact that trying to deny these differences makes all of us less happy.
 
Growing up Catholic also taught me the value of humility, even if that’s not exactly a forte of mine. This virtue is important for society, because it teaches us to be tolerant of a diversity of opinions, rather than arrogantly trying to silence people we disagree with. And it’s important for me personally, because despite my vanity, I know I’m not as smart as Thomas Aquinas or as good as St. Francis. 
 
There’s a great line from the novelist Flannery O’Connor, who liked to shock and troll a bit herself: “I’m not limited to what I personally feel or think; I’m a Catholic.” She meant the same thing Chesterton did in his famous quip, “Tradition is the democracy of the dead.” Political correctness gives us thin gruel and loneliness. The Church gives us a grand party with red meat and red wine.
 
 
What was the worst thing about your Catholic upbringing?
 
Father Michael didn’t give as good head as he got. 
 
 
How do you pray?
 
On my knees.
 
 
Who are your role models, either living or dead, in the Catholic faith?
 
Pope Benedict XVI is still the wisest and most erudite man in Europe, though I’m sure he doesn’t deserve to have me hung around his neck as an admirer. He was also brave enough to declare publicly that Islam’s irrationalism is one of the world’s great problems. 
 
By the way, in the same Regensburg lecture he pointed out that secularists in the West are also dangerously unbalanced, because they’re as hostile to religion as Muslims are to rationality. I note that he credits my wild pagan ancestors in Greece for the West’s deepest rational roots.
 
My personal motto, “laughter and war,” comes from a passage in Chesterton’s Heretics. He should be the patron saint of Catholic journalists. And of course Hilaire Belloc was brilliant as a defender of the West. In the 1930s, when the Caliphate had collapsed and no one imagined Islam would ever come back, he prophesied that the West would again be threatened, because our superior money and technology can’t take the place of a devotion to your civilization.
 
I’ve already quoted St. Augustine, who had his own pelvic issues. I once tweeted out an illustrated page from his Confessions that began, “I will now recall my past foulnesses.” That’ll work for my memoirs someday, too.
 
Rabelais and the anonymous trolls who wrote the Carmina Burana are kindred spirits.
 
She wasn’t a Roman, but the conservative essayist Florence King earned a title I aspire to. A New York Timesbook reviewer said of her: “The mind of a Jesuit with the mouth of a truck driver.”
 
 
What’s your favorite Scripture passage and why? 
 
I’m tempted to go for the easy Waugh line from Ecclesiastes:  “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”
 
 
You recently self-published the new book “Dangerous” after Breitbart fired you and your original publisher withdrew the contract. How do you respond to critics who say you are “hateful” and “hurtful” to others?
 
The truth often hurts, as the Church has always understood. That’s one reason she so often shows us a Man in agony on a cross. I don’t delight in others’ pain, but I’m not scared into silence by the fear someone somewhere will take offense.
 
The fact that so many of us think hurting people’s feelings is the greatest evil says all you need to know about the decline of our civilization. If I’m wrong about something, don’t whine; show me evidence and make rational arguments.
 
Or tell a good joke! A big part of what I do is playing the jester, telling the powerful the truths they don’t want to hear. Maybe that’s what you meant about my “shocking” aspect. A friend who’s a brilliant medievalist at the University of Chicago (and who was just received into the Church this Easter, Deo gratias), likes to embarrass me by writing about me as a holy fool.
 
I say embarrass, but of course it’s a great compliment and I am happy to receive any kind of attention. 
 
By the way, I wasn’t fired. 
 
 
In the book you mention that you made a mistake in the broadcast that got you fired. Looking back at your public career to date, what would you do differently if you could do it all over again?
 
I would change nothing. 
 
 
In 2011 and 2012, you were featured in Wired UK’s yearly top 100 most influential people in Britain’s digital economy, and the Observer once called you “the pit bull of tech media.” How is tech media changing the way we do journalism today?
 
I blame tech bloggers for the proliferation of “process journalism,” which means writing whatever appears to be true at that moment and fixing it later. Of course, they never bother. Tech journalism today has lower professional standards than a Detroit bordello, which is why I left to become famous for a living instead. 
 
  
You were one of the first tech journalists to cover the Gamergate controversy, criticizing what you saw as the politicization of video game culture by “an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers.” How do you respond to critics who say you are supporting the tendency of video games to demean women?
 
Just as there was no evidence in the 1990s that rock music, heavy metal and video games caused violence, there is no evidence today behind the moral panic that video games make you sexist. It’s politics masquerading as well-meaning academic enquiry. Fortunately, we won, and the noxious feminists are on the defensive in gaming. 
 
 
What does masculinity mean to you?
 
It means a willingness to expose yourself to enemy fire, whether or not you wear a uniform, in order to defend the good — your family, your church, your country, your civilization. Now the men in uniform are much better men than I, but even I can do a bit to defend those things with the gifts God gave me.
 
Our Lord, as always, showed the way: He endured the horrors of the Passion to defend and redeem the whole world. I’m with Rod Dreher: Anybody who only preaches a namby-pamby God, and not the highly masculine God of Scripture, is leaving young men vulnerable to the monstrous false gods of race and ideology. 
 
Boys struggling to become men are always potential barbarians, because they hunger for masculinity but aren’t sure where to find it or how to productively express it. Our Lord revealed it to them, but too many in the Church keep masculinity hidden or the subject of shame.
 
 
As a gay Catholic, you’ve debated same-sex civil unions on television news programs, surprising some people with your perspectives. In a nutshell, what do you believe about this issue and why?
 
First, I’m with St. Thomas Aquinas: The civil laws can’t forbid everything the Church forbids, because utopianism does more harm than good, given how weak most of us are.
 
I was for a long time contemptuous of gay marriage. But then I fell in love, and now I don’t know what to think. 
 
I’d add that just as the Church doesn’t insist civil society require everyone to follow all her views of proper conduct, so civil society should follow the First Amendment and not bully believers into espousing whatever views politicians have enacted. It disgusts me when gay activists harass in the public square, much less in the courts, those simple believers who aren’t harming anyone while they bake pizzas and the like.
 
 
In 2008, the BBC featured you in media coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the United Kingdom. From your perspective, what was most significant about his visit?
 
One major thing he did was to visit John Henry Newman’s Oratory and move him a step forward toward canonization. That’s great, given that Newman’s nemesis was liberalism in religion. He was not, as George Weigel has joked, a believer in an ice-your-own-cupcake world.
 
 
The Vatican has launched a commission to examine and overhaul the Holy See’s media communications strategy. If you could give any advice to Pope Francis about how to do journalism today, what would it be?
 
Stop talking. 
 
 
Any final thoughts?
 
 Pray for me. I need it.
  • Texaner in London

    Was their lawyer in the room? I suspect the interview was more of a CYA for them as they try to cover the continuous flow of molestations hitting the news.

  • ogregunner

    Its pathetic if they don’t publish this.

  • American Quilter

    Wonderful interview. If they have any courage and integrity at all, they’ll publish it.

  • Augustine Santoro

    Thank you for this. Be assured of my continued prayers.

  • Alexander Racca

    As a struggling Catholic myself my opinions are the same I know gods law but still fall short that’s much better than cafeteria Catholics that denie gods law in order to say they are following it even if their other shortcomings are less

  • maria1125

    “I was for a long time contemptuous of gay marriage. But then I fell in love, and now I don’t know what to think.” — It would be great if you were still contemptuous about gay marriage, because you know deep down inside that you really didn’t get “married.” You just had a great party to celebrate a sin. Your marriage will not last long, because you know the truth. I will continue to pray for your full conversion. 😉

  • Peter Toth

    The Jesuits must have fainted with some of the brutally honest answers given. I suppose the they felt it was too honest for the delicate sensibilities of the common Catholic, so they opted against publishing in order to protect them from sudden shock and horror. Well done!

    • Name

      My gosh, I hate SJW priests, like James Martin SJ. Although, when I read Milo’s hilariously lewd comments, not quite sure I can blame them.

    • Holly

      Or was it that many of them are homosexuals as well and they don’t agree with Milo on his thoughts about the Catholic Church?

  • dna421

    I could actually FEEL the parts where the interviewer got uncomfortable. XD Saint Ignatius would be dismayed at the Jesuits who gives up their values for the limelight, all of the good conservative Jesuits have to suffer because of that. Also, I love our Holy Father with all my heart and I know his good intentions but the media of today is too vicious for him to speak unscripted.

  • Holly

    Milo your always in my prayers. One sinner to another.

  • Holly

    Milo, if the Lord forgives me on Judgment Day and He at first has misgivings about either of us I hope I can give a successful defense for both of us as sinners on that day. The Lord really needs you on his team. I’m for everything the Church teaches no matter what.

  • Holly

    POST SCRIPT: IF THE LORD WANTS YOU HEALED YOU WILL BE. PLEASE DONT GIVE UP HOPE ON HIM WHO IS HOPE. HOPE ITS OK TO LINKT HIS STORY TO MY WORDPRESS BLOG? IF NOT LET ME KNOW.

  • THOMAS BYRNES

    Bravo! I don’t understand why they wouldn’t print this. That’s very silly.

    • Holly

      I Understand where your coming from but I do understand what Milo is saying. Its because Milo is a true Catholic and sinner like the rest of us. Not that he couldn’t be a hypocrite like the rest of us like in Mother Angelica’s story about the man who wouldn’t go into the Church. He tries not to be a hypocrite and he isn’t a liar about what and who he is. He doesn’t ask the Magisterium to change teaching because he wants it to on matters of Dogma etc. I for one will pray for a sinner like Milo any day. I would count him as a friend of Jesus if the Lord would allow me to. May he, Milo find healing with the Lord as the Lord would want of him.

      • Patrick Larson

        Jesus.would.have.loved.Milo..He.loved.sincerity…Loathed.hypocrisy………..Hypocrites.were.’whited.tombs’….aka.the.Pharisees

        • DebraBrunsberg

          Jesus does love Milo. He loves every one of us. Sin, not so much. Praying that Milo will chuck the sin and follow the Lord.

  • disqus_V1pqgf7veV

    One of Milo’s best posts. A keeper.

  • misha1d1

    Expecting the corrupt church hierarchy to publish something like this is unrealistic; However, I am pleased you did, and I enjoyed the read. I will pray for you continually.

  • ATM

    They won’t publish it because it is rational, intelligent and good. Exactly the opposite of what they were hoping they could make the story.

  • Jean Collier

    Milo outdoes himself again. They need to publish this

  • MDK66

    Milo, you don’t know when your earthly life will end. You need to spend it preparing for the next life, which will never end. You want to spend it with God for whom you were created. As Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

    “Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” –Eph. 4:22-24

    So tell the man you’re living with, “it’s been fun, but now I have to get serious about my future, my eternity.” Get your civil divorce and then do whatever it takes to transform yourself to holiness. Go to confession frequently. The sanctifying grace you receive will help you resist temptations in the future. Do whatever it takes to become holy. Ask God daily for the graces you need. I’ll keep you in my rosary intentions.

  • Patrick Larson

    That.was.pure.genius…When.Pope.Francis.is.gone,……………………………….I.will.go.back.to.church……………………Francis.is.an.absymal.danger.to.our.church….

    • Holly

      You come back now. You should never leave the church regardless of what is going on. We have had worse Pontiffs in the past than anything Pope Francis could achieve right now. He cant help it he is surrounded by Modernists who mean well but…. We need to pray these Modernists Priest wake up and smell the coffee. Its their eternal souls and their heads which need to be “hit” upside the head with a metaphysical “frying pan” by the Holy Spirit.

      I leave you with what Catherine of Sienna and Pope Pius X:

      Quote from Saint Catherine of Sienna and Pope Pius X

      He is insane who rises or acts contrary to this Vicar who holds the keys of the blood of Christ crucified. Even if he was a demon incarnate, I should not raise my head against him, but always grovel and ask for the blood out of mercy. And don’t pay attention to what the demon proposes to you and you propose under the color of virtue, that is to say to want to do justice against evil pastors regarding their fault. Don’t trust the demon: don’t try to do justice about what does not concern you.

      God wants neither you nor anyone else to set themselves up as a righter of the wrongs of His ministers. He reserves judgment to Himself, and He reserves it to His Vicar; and if the Vicar does not do justice, we should wait for the punishment and correction on the part of the sovereign judge, God Eternal.
      (Letters, Vol. I. Letter No. 28).

      He left you this sweet key of obedience; for as you know He left His vicar, the Christ, on earth, whom you are all obliged to obey until death, and whoever is outside His obedience is in a state of damnation.
      (Dialogue, Treatise on Obedience)

      For divine obedience never prevents us from obedience to the Holy Father: nay, the more perfect the one, the more perfect is the other. And we ought always to be subject to his commands and obedient unto death. However indiscreet obedience to him might seem, and however it should deprive us of mental peace and consolation, we ought to obey; and I consider that to do the opposite is a great imperfection, and deceit of the devil.
      (Letter to Brother Antonio of Nizza)

      St Catherine of Sienna

      and from Pope St Pius X

      The Pope is the guardian of dogma and of morals; he is the custodian of the principles that make families sound, nations great, souls holy; he is the counsellor of princes and of peoples; he is the head under whom no one feels tyrannized because he represents God Himself; he is the supreme father who unites in himself all that may exist that is loving, tender, divine.

      It seems incredible, and is even painful, that there be priests to whom this recommendation must be made, but we are regrettably in our age in this hard, unhappy, situation of having to tell priests: love the Pope!

      And how must the Pope be loved? Non verbo neque lingua, sed opere et veritate. [Not in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth – 1 Jn iii, 18] When one loves a person, one tries to adhere in everything to his thoughts, to fulfill his will, to perform his wishes. And if Our Lord Jesus Christ said of Himself, “si quis diligit me, sermonem meum servabit,” [if any one love me, he will keep my word – Jn xiv, 23] therefore, in order to demonstrate our love for the Pope, it is necessary to obey him.

      Therefore, when we love the Pope, there are no discussions regarding what he orders or demands, or up to what point obedience must go, and in what things he is to be obeyed; when we love the Pope, we do not say that he has not spoken clearly enough, almost as if he were forced to repeat to the ear of each one the will clearly expressed so many times not only in person, but with letters and other public documents; we do not place his orders in doubt, adding the facile pretext of those unwilling to obey – that it is not the Pope who commands, but those who surround him; we do not limit the field in which he might and must exercise his authority; we do not set above the authority of the Pope that of other persons, however learned, who dissent from the Pope, who, even though learned, are not holy, because whoever is holy cannot dissent from the Pope.

      This is the cry of a heart filled with pain, that with deep sadness I express, not for your sake, dear brothers, but to deplore, with you, the conduct of so many priests, who not only allow themselves to debate and criticize the wishes of the Pope, but are not embarrassed to reach shameless and blatant disobedience, with so much scandal for the good and with so great damage to souls.

      Allocution Vi ringrazio to priests on the 50th anniversary of the Apostolic Union
      November 18, 1912

    • Laura Lowder

      The Church is more than the personalities of her representatives. It’s about Christ, and Truth, not the pontiff. Come on back.

  • Keith Rowley

    very intelligent and honest

  • Mr. Yiannopoulos,
    Your fourth answer, if true, is horrific; if false, sacrilegious; in either case, unpublishable. It is a shame. You made some very fine points. May God who has begun his good work in you bring it to fulfillment.

    • Ann Margaret Lewis

      Sadly, Milo has stated before that he was molested by a priest as a youth. It is true. And yes, I think it may make that question nonpunishable, but that is why they have editors.

    • Patti Sheffield

      I took his answer, if true, to mean that being sexually molested by a priest was the worst thing about his Catholic upbringing, since it meant a betrayal and a corruption of him by someone who was supposed to be helping him grow in holiness. Don’t be conned by the flip reply; given the context of the rest of it, there’s some pain in that answer.

  • Lidia Landon Michael

    Milo, thank you! I am sorry for the pain the Church has brought you, and yet you still love her. I pray for God’s gift of courage and fortitude for you, so that you may completely surrender to our Lord.

    • D McGovern

      It is not the Church that has brought anyone pain. It is either human beings or one’s own reactions that bring pain. Milo, stop allowing your thinking to become clouded by satan – marriage is between one man and one woman and you know it. Sin has clouded your judgment. As has been said earlier please repent before it is too late. Human consolation will never be enough. Your heart will be restless until it rests in Him because you were made for Him. Wake up, dear Milo!

      • Lidia Landon Michael

        Yes D McGovern. I did word that wrong. It is not the church, but human beings in the Church who acted out (on Milo) against the teachings of the church. I don’t know if I can edit my original comment, but I will try.

        • D McGovern

          Lidia, I have found, myself, that editing is not possible and we write on the fly in these comments so we all make mistakes from time to time. Then we help each other out! God bless you.

          • Lidia Landon Michael

            Well, luckily, on this site, I was able to edit my original comment!

          • D McGovern

            Good to know!

        • Holly

          I like what you said.

    • Holly

      They didn’t but another Catholic Media is. I’m blogging it.

      • Lidia Landon Michael

        I’m not sure that you meant to respond to me, but Can you provide a link to your blog or to the magazine you are referring to ?

        • Holly

          Church Militant is blogging Milo’s story and I am blogging it at Jean’sBistro2010’s blog at WordPress. God Bless.

        • Holly

          I think I did.

  • Leander

    Following Pope Che Guevara, the Jesuits have abandoned Christianity for the brain-destroying cult of political correctness. No surprise they didn’t publish this, it’s almost Gospel-like in its polemic against the new pharaseeism.

  • DebraBrunsberg

    I can see why they didn’t print this, You come off as more Catholic than that entire magazine does. Bravo. Now go and sin no more.

    • ranterator

      Exactly, that is what I was thinking as I read it…

  • FelliniFan

    Just read the first part. Milo, you speak for many of us. Posting as Fellini Fan. I am his wife.

  • Levi Huebner

    Wow, a Kike, Faggot, Catholic from a Protestant country, married to a black man. But UCB and Libs ban him for being racist.

  • Jon Stewart

    If we can all aspire to live as free and true as Milo, what our world’s would be then? I think God would be pleased. Very pleased indeed!

  • Ray Johnston

    Yeah, stop talking Francis. But oh no he won’t, will he? SJW on and on he will go……..until…….

  • paulpriest

    I do pray for you, BUT:
    If you don’t want haunted for decades to come?
    Clean up your mess…you owe them and they deserved better.
    As for anyone else you’ve…well?
    Trust me on this:
    The Milo dartboards & voodoo dolls you’ve accrued over the years
    are ruining lives and futures
    – sort it out
    – for those who’ve earned some form of reparation they’ll get a chance to move on
    – for others who haven’t just think St Paul and hot coals….

    I’m getting too old for this baying mob mullarkey so I have no desire upon your return to perfidious Albion to reach for my pitchfork.
    Fix it.

    • PunJabber

      Doubtless you think you know what you’re talking about, with your insinuating “anyone else you’ve … well?”. Can you enlighten the rest of us, or would some specific accusations spoil the effect of vague looming evil?

      • paulpriest

        No: Sorry; none of your business because it’s not in the public forum.
        But if he wants to move on he has to sort out the past: not bury it.

        • PunJabber

          It’s “not in the public forum”? You lying scumbag, you just put it there yourself! Paul? Priest? LOL!

          But you’re right; what you posted is none of my business. Nor anyone else’s — including yours.

          • Holly

            Now, now you have a good opinion here but using “lying scumbag” is it really necessary?

          • MLMII

            I thought it fitting personally considering the vague “unspoken horrors” tone of paul’s posts.

          • Holly

            They weren’t so bad.

          • MLMII

            They weren’t the “worst” no, but they were enough that I felt declaring him to be a scumbag as fitting.

          • Holly

            Chuckle, Chuckle. Lets pray he has a conversion.

          • MLMII

            I must confess that you’ve lost me there.

          • Holly

            Are you Catholic?

          • MLMII

            No, although I’ve been told that I should be before if that helps. };op

          • PunJabber

            His first post declared him a scumbag (since it contained only slimy concern-trolling innuendo) but not a liar (since it made no claim of fact). His second post contained exactly one such claim, which was an obvious and insulting lie.

            Between those goalposts, I kicked an insult in return. If any reader feels PP’s performance was within the bounds of decent discourse, feel free to apologize on my behalf. I don’t.

        • Charles Perigord

          paulpriest – you remind me of a newly-admitted lawyer who tells his friends, “I’m working on this really great case — but I can’t tell you about it. Attorney-client privilege.”

          • paulpriest

            No you seem to think I’m childish enough, insecure enough and vain enough to ‘dish dirt’ to self-vindicate and sate your curiosity.
            Think again!
            There are many out there with champagne in the fridge waiting for that day when he France will be theirs and Milo finally gets taught a lesson…
            I ain’t one of them – but he has to make it right. (Cue Eric Cayman song)

  • The mind is its own place

    Well, now I know who Milo really is. We could be friends after all.

  • Steve O

    What a beautiful interview. We’re all sinners, All have fallen short of the glory of God. I am inspired by Milo’s humility.

    A friend of mine who is a pastor used to set up a church tent at biker rallies, and give away free beer. He said that he much preferred talking to bikers about salvation. They knew they were sinners and needed the Lord, and were perfectly happy to accept that they did not have the power to save themselves.. At Sunday service, many people thought, “Oh, I’m not too bad…”

    And Christians who are openly critical of the gay lifestyle might remember that ANY sex or immoral thoughts outside of marriage is also a sin. I think that pretty much covers all of us.

  • Michael J Taylør

    You’re in my prayers Milo. Your article was entertaining, thoughtful, and profound. I hope to buy you a beer in heaven one day, Lord willing. Pax Christi.

  • Marie

    Milo, excellent post, but you stumbled on one point. Your love for truth will ultimately win out on this one, I hope.

    Just one indication that Gay “marriage” is one of those matters in which civil society is necessarily bound to conform itself to Church teaching is the wrath with which God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Lest we want our society to remain the target of God’s wrath we must absolutely conform ourselves to His teaching on marriage.

    Marriage is a divinely revealed institution – not simply Church teaching – as the union of one man and one woman for the sake of bringing into this world immortal souls in order to prepare them for eternity. It is the essential foundation of all Christian Civilization and — as a divinely revealed law — not one of the teachings of the Church which can ever be disregarded by civil law.

    Marriage is not a man-made law of the Church, but an essential aspect of Divine Revelation, and all civil societies must conform themselves to God’s law in this matter or be the object of His displeasure and wrath and surely bring down upon itself the withdrawal of His blessings.

    • harlan leys

      And be all the better for it. Actually, He rarely mentions marriage. And “those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage” (Lk. 20:34-35)

      Follow Lord Jesus by example. Did He marry?

      • Holly

        Read the story of the women at the well. Jesus was pretty much teaching on divorce and shackin’ up there.

  • Fé Fraternidade

    Gostei muito! Deus o abençoe, Milo.
    Pise na vaidade mesmo e olhos sempre voltados para o Pai!!!

  • david

    Milo appears to be more Catholic than the pope. He is also spot on in most of his comments. We are as Catholics all weak and sinful but we recognise that we try to live as best we can but always love the truth that calls us to be better and hate the lies that try to make us feel better… simply because we love the truth more than we love ourselves i guess

  • Marie

    One last observation……break at last with this sin which keeps you hostage and a slave of the devil.

    “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water…

    There is nothing, absolutely nothing that can compare with the sweet liberty of the love and friendship of God. Why settle for the dregs, Milo, when you can have the fountain of living waters….?

    • harlan leys

      Metaphorical mush; show Milo the money (shot).

      • Holly

        No thanks. Church Militant reminded me that the root of all evil is—–money.

        • John the Mad

          Not sure what is the Church Militant’s view on money, but scripture (1 Timothy 6:10) says, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Money itself being inanimate cannot be evil. A small but important clarification methinks.

          • harlan leys

            Every line in the Bible needs clarification

          • Holly

            Were talking the Vatican Bank scandal, chuckle, chuckle.

        • harlan leys

          Given all yours away and now begging as a pauper, are you?

          • Holly

            As a matter of fact, I am poor, I’m half blind in one eye from working my but off and I suffer from an auto-immune with food allergies and outside allergies. I don’t beg from anyone because I’m a unpaid housekeeper/yard worker (Which I’m grateful for.) for my sister and family until I can get back on my feet. I’ve worked since on and off babysitting, other work kinds of work and one day a week in high-school on and off working full-time work for about over 28 years now. I was offered a smooth job for the State at a SUNY but you have to wait in line to get picked for that. I’m 53 and with all due humility a hard worker. I’m not on welfare, unemployment or anything else either. I just accept the Insurance because if I don’t my sister or myself will get fined on our taxes. Any question? God Bless.

          • harlan leys

            Which all pales by comparison to ‘the sweet liberty of the love and friendship of God’?

          • Holly

            Well aware of that since He is the one allowing the blindness and poverty for now. God Bless. I offer my pain up everyday. By the way was talking about the Vatican Bank scandal. Now you know what I mean.

          • Holly

            Not at all. I could beg as a pauper if I had to though. Its not that hard.

          • harlan leys

            Yeah, if only everyone realised what a cushy number it is, they’d all be paupers, eh? From the safest places, come the bravest words.

          • Holly

            I’m referring to the Saints of old. Not those scamming on the streets of New York, LA etc. Big city scammers that is. Like Bishop Sheen said. You cant take the chance. Could be Jesus Christ behind the pauper regalia.

  • Jerome Boyle

    MILO! “LOOK AT THE BIG BRAIN ON MILO!” Damn, Sir! That was brave, insightful, interesting, illuminating and just a great read. Thank you.

  • Rita Cregar Eveland

    As always, dear Milo, you shine.

  • Thanks Milo for using your charism to fight the good fight. I pray for you. St Augustine is your patron saint.

  • Patrick Carriveau

    I think he might be wrong on the “sins of the flesh” observation. Our Lady told the children at Fatima that most go to hell for sins of the flesh.

    • harlan leys

      Mental child abuse

    • Monica

      Yes she did and also this man glorifies in his sins and there is no humility in him at all. But then again (who am I to judge). Oh right it’s called right judgement which by the way we all have due to Baptism and strengthened by Confirmation. As for sinners ,yes we are all in need of prayer.

  • Thomas Kop

    It’s foolish to conclude that only gays are struggling with this problem. In fact we all are. Gay or straight, sexuality is equally tempting, difficult and hard to figure out. Thanks for this great interview.

  • Jen

    “Pray for me, I need it.” We all need it. Love you Milo!

  • Dan

    Excellent

  • Holly

    Milo if you get a chance check out Joseph Sciambra and Brother Christopher’s stories. God Bless. Prayers that you lead the lifestyle.

  • ranterator

    “Stop talking” ,classic.

    • harlan leys

      So much for speech freedom

      • Charles Perigord

        Harlan – this is where liberals and SJWs screw up. Milo didn’t say, “Censor the Pope.” He said, in essence to the Pope, “Censor yourself and keep your mouth shut.” Big difference between self-restraint and external restraints on speech like BAMN and Antifa.
        —————————————————————————————————————-
        The great Middle Eastern sage Isa ibn Maryam al Nasrani is credited with saying, “Pray in secret so that you may be rewarded openly.” Milo’s advice to the Pope, via the Jesuits, is strikingly similar to this admonition.

        • harlan leys

          Self-censorship is a bigger threat to free speech than state attempts to censor, in so called liberal democracies.

          Milo’s main message has been ‘more speech!’

  • DaisyToo

    Every word, worthwhile and yes, thank you.

    I’m sure there are multiple reasons this will not be published, but the one I’m banking on? You stated the complete truth ” that shockingly, ‘a poor sinner (like you) ‘ has spoken out against contraception than 99% of all Bishops – who seems too preoccupied w/diversity and climate change than talking about God.”

    The Church needs you; don’t ever give up!

    • harlan leys

      Contraception has proved a powerful aid to achieving equality between the sexes

      • DaisyToo

        Nothing has surpassed the miracle performed by Jesus at the marriage at Cana for achieving equality between the sexes.

        • harlan leys

          The fantasy, maybe. Reality is another matter.

  • Laura Lowder

    Milo, you’re a whirlwind of contradictions, and I love you for it. You make me think of Oscar Wilde.
    Now — HOW do you find the time to read so much? and how do you retain so much?
    This convert loves your defense of the Church. May God count it to you for righteousness.

  • Laura

    “You were one of the first tech journalists to cover the Gamergate controversy, criticizing what you saw as the politicization of video game culture by “an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers.” How do you respond to critics who say you are supporting the tendency of video games to demean women?”

    Oh, boy. The last thing I need is for the Church to side with the feminists and to criticize my hobby over a lie that video games are demeaning to women.

    Regarding Milo’s advice to Pope Francis, I totally agree!

    • harlan leys

      Some women see them as demeaning; so do some men. ‘Be tolerant of a diversity of opinions’

      • Laura

        I don’t have a issue with diversity of opinions. My issue is that the msm never talked about Gamergate with neutrality. On top of that, some feminists saw an opportunity to play the victim card and claim they were being targeted and oppressed. There are a lot of games with incredible female characters. To this day, Tifa is still one of my favorites. So when a certain individual who never played a game in her life and doesn’t have this hobby decided to start a series of videos talking about how women are underrepresented in video games, I called it bullshit.
        I play video games since I was a kid, I still have my SNES and I still have the tapes too. It pisses me off to see video games becoming a topic of politics by people wanting to make money off them when they don’t even have a passion for the hobby.

        • harlan leys

          That’s a more balanced perspective than your previous post.

          • Laura

            Hahaha, I have some trouble expressing myself. On top of that, I end up being a lot more blunt if I’m writing in English compared to when I’m writing in my mother tongue.

  • Seth Brotherton

    You’re clearly a logical thinker, so let’s reason here.
    You know that:
    1. If you die in the state of mortal sin, you will be condemned to an eternal misery.
    2. The longer you put off repentance, the more habituated you become to impenitence and the more difficult repentance will be.
    And,
    3. Anyone could die at anytime.

    So, if you do love truth, you should acknowledge that you need to make a firm purpose of amendment, go to confession, and begin a life of prayer and penance. I will pray that God’s grace frees you from the false lifestyle you know you’re living.

    • Holly

      I’m not making any excuses for anyone but Milo did imply he needs prayers. So I think he knows he has a long way to go. Good one what you said though.

  • Jason Suggs

    Whoa. This is the bitter medicine a lot of Jesuits need to hear and heed. “You cannot serve God and mammon.” Who said that?

  • Roseann Sorrentino

    cool interview, was wondering what shocks you about Pope Francis? Has he done anything wrong?

    • harlan leys

      ‘Father Lombardi claims here that Pope Francis asserted that in cases of emergency women in good conscience may consider the use of contraceptives as a legitimate alternative for choice. (We may presume he is referring to women who are sexually active.) In other words, if serious circumstances prevail, women may do what the Church has always taught is gravely immoral, what no person under any circumstance or for any reason may ever rightly do. This is obviously problematic.’ [ FEB. 24, 2016 Pope Francis and Contraception: A Troubling Scenario; NCR]

    • MisterGoldiloxx

      The real question is what has Francis done right?
      He is a socialist usurper. I did not vote for him. #NotMyPope

  • Mike T Ackerman

    As a struggling Catholic, I found this very thought-provoking and inspirational. Thank you and God Bless.

    • Holly

      Not pushing but check out Church Militant. Excellent website all things Catholic.

  • milo — ✂ I was for a long time contemptuous of gay marriage. But then I fell in love, and now I don’t know what to think.

    This is so vintage Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Only after “I” have fallen in love, do “I” now question the worthiness of gay marriage. What — it wasn’t good enough to witness the love of other gays getting married to change your mind? Only now, after you have seen the light, gay marriage just might be “God-Approved.”

    You’ve confirmed what many atheists have always known — religion is all about “me“.
    Abolish this corrosive superstition.

    • harlan leys

      Stuck in a loveless marriage, mate?

  • harlan leys

    What’s this ‘natural law’, then; evolution by random mutation and survival of the fittest?

    Islam’s waged war more virulently on itself than ‘on Holy Mother Church’. Hence, its miserable state of failure and self-loathing dressed up in a ‘victim status’ facade.

    There’s too many blacks killing each other as it is; without abortion and ‘artificial contraception [sic]’ rivers of blood would be flowing down many US streets.

    Frankly, what’s really shocking is that a poor sinner like me has spoken out more on contraception than 99% of our bishops, who seem too preoccupied with diversity and climate change to talk about God.

    Milo, you are chaste. Gay is substitute sex.

    From a Catholic perspective Waugh’s actions may’ve been bad; but if he weren’t Catholic, who’s to say?

    ‘The Church says self-righteousness is at the top.’ It’s name is God.

    A ‘Church.. founded on a rock and a cross’, is wrong and should apologize.

    If ‘same-sex attraction is “objectively disordered”’, well, ‘the Lord God made us all’. And then ‘He’ has the ruddy cheek to say He’ll heal if you repent the sins His disordered creation lead to? The paltry temporary Passion persecution was a minimal tokenist gesture; He owes humanity big time.

    ‘What was the worst thing about your Catholic upbringing? Father Michael didn’t give as good head as he got.’ What a damning attack on child abuse in the Church!

    ‘Secularists in the West are also’ sympathetic to the plight and blight of religious people, and seek to free them from their folly. Pagan predecessors give the lie to Christian claims of origin; Christ was a concept concocted and largely constructed from earlier eras faiths, myths, superstitions.

  • Paolo Pagliaro

    Esteem for you: up.

  • jack g.

    There are more comments on Churchmilitant website. I have to say that it amuses and reasures me that there are honest sinners who stand up for truth more than the cardinals themselves. Milo many catholics will pray for you so one day you will be a free man loving Jesus even more. I was also reconverted and grabbed out of the pit by grace of God.
    God Bless, i will have you in my prayers

  • bookish1

    I just found this.
    Excellent interview.

  • Carolyn Sederwall

    XXOO I’m a women of prayer and I always pray for you MILO. It’s like you are just one of my kids.

  • “A big part of what I do is playing the jester”
    I see you’ve been following Dr. Peterson.

  • MisterGoldiloxx

    I’m Catholic.

    “What was the worst thing about your Catholic upbringing?

    Father Michael didn’t give as good head as he got.”

    THAT is why they didn’t publish your responses.

    True or not, that was pretty funny.

    “The Vatican has launched a commission to examine and overhaul the Holy See’s media
    communications strategy. If you could give any advice to Pope Francis
    about how to do journalism today, what would it be?

    Stop talking.”

    I didn’t vote for Francis either. He is a socialist usurper. #NotMyPope
    And for the millionth time, he attacked Trump and Trump responded HOURS later. The order of events matters.

  • Carey J

    “Now the men in uniform are much better men than I, but even I can do a bit to defend those things with the gifts God gave me.”

    “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale