A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma
Unless, like me, you’ve been under a rock for the last four years or so, you’ve probably heard of Milo Yiannopoulos. I only learned of him about two years ago; it’s dark under those rocks.
Incendiary provocateur. Conservative bomb thrower. Flaming homosexual. Ultra-orthodox Catholic. Jewish neo-Nazi. Bankrupt millionaire. Pederast. Or a victim. Depending on who’s telling the story, they all fit to one degree or another. Milo gives his legions of fans-and enemies-plenty of ammo. He’s written several best selling books. His speaking engagements are usually mobbed. Before they turn into riots. Tech-meister of the universe, he’s been banned by Facebook and Twitter.
Admission Against Interest
On one thing, everyone agrees: Milo “married” his African-American boyfriend in 2017. But then he writes a book, Diabolical, about how Pope Francis betrayed the Catholic Church by turning over the Vatican to its gay, Lavender Mafia. How do you figure this guy out? Not, certainly, by reading the book’s dedication: “This book, like all my books, is for my husband, John, who has promised not to read Chapter 2.”
And, to be honest, probably not by reading it the way I have. I’ve taken to listening to audio books while I drive around-radio has completely lost its charm for me. Somehow, Diabolical recently came up on my library provided Hoopla app as a suggested book. And, having heard of Milo, but knowing almost nothing about him other than what an occasional link on Drudge says about a college riot that one of his appearances triggered, I downloaded and listened to the book.
So, should you listen to what turns out to be a complex and closely argued book while driving? Maybe. Probably works for an impressionistic, 40,000 foot overview. But down in the weeds? Not so much. So, you might want to take this post with a grain of salt.
But despite that, and to my own astonishment, Milo turned out to be nothing like the merry, but superficial conservative prankster who’d taken up residence in my consciousness. The book’s profoundly substantive. It delves deeply into the lore and doctrine of the Catholic Church. Especially, Pope Francis. And the institution’s and the Pope’s tortuous, and tortured, interaction with homosexuality.
But the most puzzling aspect of the book? And there’s really no room for doubt on this score. Milo writes from the perspective of a devout, Catholic traditionalist. Moreover, he makes no effort to reconcile his personal conduct with his Catholic beliefs-he runs silent, runs deep on that one.
Milo launches the book with an extended quotation from that bête noire of liberal Catholics, Joseph Ratzinger, the now retired Pope Benedict XVI:
“Is not the Church simply the continuation of God’s deliberate plunge into human wretchedness; is she not simply the continuation of Jesus’ habit of sitting at the table with sinners, of his mingling with the misery of sin to the point where he actually seems to sink under its weight? Is there not revealed in the unholy holiness of the Church, as opposed to man’s expectation of purity, God’s true holiness, which is love, love that does not keep its distance in a sort of aristocratic, untouchable purity but mixes with the dirt of the world, in order thus to overcome it?”
A Good Milo Introduction?
Diabolical is only one of several best sellers that Milo has authored. And it might not be your cup of tea.
But perhaps these chapter titles might spark your interest. Or make you sufficiently pissed off to take a peek. Is The Pope Catholic? Feminism Is Spiritual Cancer. No? Well, how about this one? Make The Vatican Straight Again.
In any event, love him or hate him, Milo’s not a lightweight that can be easily dismissed out of hand. And, before you show up at the next Milo inspired college riot, it might make sense to find out what all the ruckus is about.