Milo Yiannopoulos: “Catholics Are Right About Everything”

Milo Yiannopoulos, the British technology columnist at Breitbart News and speaker who has made waves on college campuses by challenging popular notions of political correctness, told an audience at Minnesota State University that “Catholics are right about everything.”

Explaining that we owe the Catholic Church a debt of gratitude for a wide range of social developments, Milo said:

“I like to say Catholics are right about everything, but in the same way that a Christmas family gathering includes your cousins who are a bit slow, I will include protestants in this discussion as well. There are so many things that we owe the religion as a debt of gratitude, I can’t list many of them without this turning into a pep rally for Jesus and his Apostles.”

Among the contributions which Christianity made, Milo cited the higher education system as well as consensual marriage, which protected and valued women. “In the twelfth century,” he said,

“…marriage came to be counted as a sacrament by the Catholic Church. As a sacrament, it does not require a priest, only the agreement of the man and woman, which is the greatest protection ever given to women in a system of marriage: by the Church’s argument, women cannot be married against their will, they and the groom must both say, “I do.””

Milo brings to the stage an amalgam of contrasts: He is a self-described practicing Catholic, yet a practicing homosexual; and while he has said that he’d change his same-sex attraction if he could, he makes no apology for his lifestyle. His politically incorrect presentations have drawn ire from liberal student groups, but he has attracted large audiences who appreciate his honesty.

Anyway, he’s a pretty interesting guy. See it for yourself. (Warning: Strong language.)

Image:  Screenshot from YouTube video

By | 2018-01-27T17:38:46+00:00 December 17th, 2016|Politics & Culture|

33 Comments

  1. Jayden July 17, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    In the copilmcated world we live in, it’s good to find simple solutions.

  2. […] alarming enough to caution CPAC’s organizers against the invite; that and his statements that “The Catholic Church is right about everything“. CPAC has uninvited Yiannopoulos for their event and made the obligatory “we deeply regret, […]

  3. TJ February 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Kathy, what is your reaction to resignation of Milo Yiannopoulos? How should Catholics respond to his inflammatory comments about priests?

    • Kathy Schiffer February 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Hmmm… Thanks for asking! Post will be coming soon, with my reflections on the whole mess.

  4. Jack February 20, 2017 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Milo is a manipulative bully who cares about nothing but himself, money and his own power. Milo does not challenge anything nor is he “honest” or ground-breaking. He uses people and he exploits weakness. This is why he PUBLICLY and unashamedly advocates for allowing the sexual predation upon children, he is attracted to weakness & vulnerability because he likes to corrupt those around him. The gay community do not try to accept him, liberal or not they either want nothing to do with him or couldn’t care less about him. They have come across his kind before, he is nothing new, just a bit more clever than most who have internalised societies homophobia because he’s worked out how to turn it to his advantage..

    How can you people, who call yourselves Christians, be actually applauding and admiring this slimy human being for his “honesty” (read – hate speech) and his callous disregard for anything approaching human decency – actually not even a disregard – he actively sneers and mocks anything good, compassionate or decent in society. He is not a maverick. He is a snake in the grass who should be in jail for pedophilia not speaking at public events as if his predilection for children is normal. It’s not “liberals” who object to him, it’s ANY human being with even a sliver of humanity in their heart. This is not a normal human being and don’t be fooled by his pretence at being religious. It’s a ploy – and it’s working.

    • Charlotte February 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      It’s mainly because people get so wrapped up in politics that the desire to make the left angry overrides anything else. They’ll get behind anyone who can do that. It also gives them a chance to say “Look at us! We can be edgy too!”

  5. Rian February 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Paul, King David, Mary Magdalene, Zacchaeus, the prodigal son, St. Augustine… there are many serious sinners who God used, prostitutes to tax collectors, christian persecutors to Roman emperors. Those of you who judge Milo in such an unchristian fashion, simply do not understand him, his own struggles, how he interacts with audiences and nor , it seems, do you have any clue on how God works or How he moves through people… yes, Milo is a sinner with his own struggles – he admits it freely, and if you watch any of the video which he speaks about the contradiction of his faith and his lifestyle – you would understand how and why he loves the faith, and his own struggle with his sinfulness (his bragging and proclivity is an act on its own, its a running joke and it provokes people – specifically the left). PS. He is a convert to Catholicism – which means he most likely knows more of his faith than most Catholics.

    “let those who have not sinned cast the first stone”

  6. Joanne December 31, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I so want to like Milo. He is smart, funny, and makes lots of good points on civic issues. Of course Americans, of which I am one, love hearing our way of life (correctly) extolled by foreign-born people. But his language is so off-putting that I have a hard time listening to him and would never share any of his stuff. (As an aside, this video reminds me – does the Catholic Church not having a teaching against profanity? Why is that the teaching that the Catholic blogosphere seems to believe does not count? Not talking about this blogger necessarily, but the consensus seems to be that anyone who raises the issue is being silly and – of course – a Pharisee). At any rate, a lot of conservatives and Catholics seem to be a bit desperate to appear cool or be approved of, as someone else alluded to; no doubt that is part of Milo’s appeal. But I have to agree with those who are kind of wary/lukewarm towards making him a Catholic or conservative idol. And really, Milo is a prophet?? Lol.

    • Joanne December 31, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Btw, I appreciate the blogger’s willingness to allow non-registered users to post here.

  7. yan December 21, 2016 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I know a few Milo fans. They consider themselves to be “conservative Catholics.” What appeals to them about Milo, I think, is that 1) liberals are supposed to love and be accepting of gays, 2) Milo is gay to the point of offensiveness, and yet, 3) his political views are “conservative,” making him unacceptable to liberals who are supposed to be loving towards, and to be accepting of, gays. In the minds of “conservatives,” this constitutes liberals being caught in some kind of hypocritical double standard, and this gives “conservatives” some glee.

    Meh.

    I’m glad Milo thinks Catholics are right about everything. That shows there is hope for him that one day he will, as someone else here wrote, follow in the steps of St. Augustine. Hopefully “conservative” Catholics recognize the importance of this hopefully happening to Milo one day, and value that happening more than they value the glee they experience upon witnessing liberals being confounded by the contradictions between his words and his lifestyle.

    The thing is though, if that ever happens to Milo, will he continue to be a public voice for “conservative” ideas? Won’t he be like every other boring, straight, white Catholic male in the world? Will conservatives care what he has to say anymore?

  8. Shigyonot December 20, 2016 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Haha.
    You haters are hilarious.

  9. CS December 20, 2016 at 2:05 am - Reply

    “But what was it that delighted me, except to love and to be loved? Still I did not keep the moderate way of the love of mind to mind—the bright path of friendship. Instead, the mists of passion steamed up out of the muddy concupiscence of the flesh, and the hot imagination of youth, and they so obscured and overcast my heart, that I was unable to distinguish pure affection from the fog of lustfulness. Both boiled confusedly within me, and dragged my unstable youth down over the cliffs of unchaste desires and plunged me into a gulf of infamy.” St. Augustine of Hippo, “Confessions”, Book 2, Chapter II, verse 2
    “It was foul, and I loved it. I loved my own sin—not that for which I sinned, but the sin itself…” Book 2, Chapter IV, vs 9
    “…The bond of human friendship has a sweetness of its own, binding many souls together as one. Yet because of these values, sin is committed, because we have an inordinate preference for these goods of a lower order and neglect the better and the higher good—neglecting You, O our Lord God, and Your truth and Your law. For these inferior values have their delights, but not at all equal to my God, who made them all. For in Him do the righteous delight and He is the sweetness of the upright in heart…” Book 2, Chapter V, vs 10
    “For thus we see pride wearing the mask of high- spiritedness, although only You, O God, are high above all. Ambition seeks honor and glory, whereas only You should be honored above all, and glorified forever.” Book 2, Chapter VI, vs 13
    “…wretched youth that I was—supremely wretched even in the very outset of my youth—I had entreated chastity of You and had prayed, ‘Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.’ For I was afraid lest You should hear me too soon, and too soon cure me of my disease of lust which I desired to have satisfied rather than extinguished.” Book 8, Chap. VII, verse 17
    https://couragerc.org/courage/ promotes chastity—NOT “reparation therapy”.

  10. Gene Drass December 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Are most of you crazy. Here4 is a guy who goes into the belly of the beast to try to preach truth. Is he a sinner? Are we not all sinners. How many without sin have gone into the belly of the beast? Only one that I know and we will celebrate his birthday on Sunday. I ask any that have not read Breitbart to try it. It is the only place were the stories are factual a well sourced for truth. Read about his travails in trying to speak at so called Catholic Colleges along with other liberal colleges where the precious snowflakes require save zones therapy puppies etc. If we had half the guts of Milo we would not be in the fix we are in with the PC culture.

  11. Doug December 19, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Mary, I have to question your evident approval of his support of “US Constitution” and its provisions. Shouldn’t a Christian be expecting the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth, as it is in Heaven? When that kingdom comes, do we want to be found supporting any of man’s imperfect governments?

  12. rick December 19, 2016 at 4:57 am - Reply

    we are all sinners…he is on his own journey…..l admire him…we are not hillbilly evangelicals who state
    God hates gays

  13. Therese December 19, 2016 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Milo needs a lesson in coherence…practicing Catholic and practicing homosexual are mutually exclusive. It’s not a sin to be homosexual but practicing the lifestyle is, however. He would have more credibility if he was struggling to lead a chaste lifestyle. He could be a source of scandal especially to those who are tempted with living the homosexual lifestyle..

  14. Patrick Coffin December 19, 2016 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Milo is a flaming prophet! I’ll never understand the purist streak among some Christians…our current time now requires that we listen to people who make us wince now and again. Pray for Milo. He has more way *way* more guts than most of the baptized.

  15. Yaya December 19, 2016 at 1:39 am - Reply

    “Magisterium refers to the teaching authority of the bishops in union with the pope. So, that wouldn’t include to Msgr. Pope or Fr. Z. Now, they can blog about magisterial teaching, but so can any blogger. Just a point of clarification.”

    Amen! Glad you pointed the obvious out.

    I like Milo because he is honest even about his own failings. Prayers for Milo and for you Kathy for presenting him here on your blog.

  16. Charlotte December 18, 2016 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Seriously, are we this desperate for approval?

  17. Mary pray for us December 18, 2016 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Now that’s poor judgement!

  18. Kirk December 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Shouldn’t we give him support for the things of the Church that he does follow and pray that he gets the strength to follow the things that he is scared to follow?

    • Kathy Schiffer December 18, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kirk. Yes, I think that’s exactly what we should do. Instead, we strike our breasts, loudly exclaiming, “Lord, I thank You that I am not like that sinner…”

    • Janeen December 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Yes! Prayers for Milo! His admissions make him credible to many, st. Augustin’s Confession, is appropriate.

  19. TJ December 18, 2016 at 3:53 am - Reply

    I think writing about this man who lives a duplicitous life and is making headlines because of his inflammatory and controversial approach is far from “interesting”. This does not in any way help in the proclamation of the Gospel and the Salvation of Souls. This is not the kind of “wave making” that will help lead people to encounter Christ. Please use better judgement in your reporting and give attention to the thousands of people who are living for Christ in a State of Grace rather than a wounded soul who is in desperate need of healing and causing a greater division in the body of Christ.

    • Mary pray for us December 18, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      He is exactly what the Church needs! Someone who is more interested is the truth (even if he is wrong on some issues and frustrates the living hell out of liberals) than political correctness which the Catholic Church today is bleeding from……This “I don’t want to offend others” ethos within the Catholic Church today at the expense of proclaiming the truth loud and unambiguously is not something our Lord seemed to worry about during his ministry on earth….most homilies are feel good pep talks….not in your face anti- sin and the consequences of it messages….(not referring to fire and brimstone fundamentalists sermons) Just more balance…..guys like Milo are breath of fresh air…not hateful….. which omission of clear teaching by clergy on faith and morals is………

  20. Nancy December 18, 2016 at 3:10 am - Reply

    This is disgusting. Disappointed you would give this young man any time regardless of his promoting the church.

  21. Lank December 18, 2016 at 12:49 am - Reply

    You have no idea what you are promoting. Another example of an error in judgment by another Catholic Blogger with zero magisterial authority.

    • Jake December 18, 2016 at 1:15 am - Reply

      Are there bloggers with magisterial authority?

      • Lank December 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

        Yes, Fr. Z. and Msgr. Pope are examples.

        • Sajey December 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          Magisterium refers to the teaching authority of the bishops in union with the pope. So, that wouldn’t include to Msgr. Pope or Fr. Z. Now, they can blog about magisterial teaching, but so can any blogger. Just a point of clarification.

          • yan December 22, 2016 at 3:05 am

            Exactly right!

      • Doug December 19, 2016 at 7:43 am - Reply

        My experience with them, mainly through newadvent, is that they all believe so. 🙂 I do find it interesting that this OP and thread mention Magisterium much and scripture little or not at all. Church teaching is that they should carry equal weight with believers. A study of Catholic Encyclopedia, and those bloggers who (at least) are seminarians, shows me that Magisterium wins every time.

    • Mary pray for us December 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      What exactly is it you think milo promotes? Legal vs illegal immigration, pro life, religious freedom, pro military, pro US constitution including gun rights and free speech….most people that are accusing Milo and Breitbart in general are hypocritical and intolerant and ironically guilty of the very attributes they are accusing other of……aka have logs in their eyes……

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