Provocative author and speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, whose confrontational messages on university campuses earned him the admiration of some conservatives, as well as sparking angry riots of leftists who were outraged by his ideas, has announced that he is consecrating his life to the Catholic Church and is pursuing celibacy.
Yiannopoulos, a formerly flamboyant gay activist, now describes himself as "ex-gay" and "sodomy free," claiming that a challenge from Church Militant's Michael Voris to live a chaste life led him to recognize his sinfulness.
"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," Milo admitted in a recent interview.
"That's not to say I didn't throw myself enthusiastically into degeneracy of all kinds in my private life. I suppose I felt that's all I deserved. I'd love to say it was all an act, and I've been straight this whole time, but even I don't have that kind of commitment to performance art."
Yiannopoulos said that he doubts he will ever be free of his past or his homosexual attractions, which he says he treats "like an addiction." He also spoke profoundly about his understanding of the role of Christ in changing a person from the inside out.
"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. 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."
The former gay provocateur said he has consecrated his life to St. Joseph, and understands that apart from spiritual sanctification, the human soul is utterly lost.
"Secular attempts at recovery from sin are either temporary or completely ineffective. Salvation can only be achieved through devotion to Christ," he said, attributing his continued transformation to the "works of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church."
Moving forward, Milo said he hopes to "help rehabilitate" the reputation of so-called "conversion therapy."
Given Yiannopoulos's past tendencies to seek attention and grab headlines, coupled with the fact that Milo may still be married to another man, plenty of conservatives and Christians remain skeptical of his recent claims.