Vice Profiles Ex-Gay Catholic Extremist Michael Voris

Vice News reports:

It’s no surprise the ultra-conservative Church Militant website and its founder, Michael Voris, have seen a surge in popularity within the American Catholic culture following the election of Donald Trump. But now the far-right fringe group is at war with the Catholic Church, which Voris believes has taken a sharp turn to the left.

Voris and his team disagree with the Catholic Church’s stance on a host of issues, like immigration and climate change, but what Church Militant finds most troubling is the Catholic Church’s shifting attitudes toward LGBT men and women.

To Voris, no one better embodies the Church establishment’s embrace of a liberal agenda than Father James Martin. Martin’s latest book, “Building a Bridge,” argues for a dialogue between the Catholic Church and LGBT Catholics. While there’s been some pushback from conservative clergy, the most vehement opposition to Martin’s ideas has come from Church Militant.

Start the clip at 7:45.

RELATED: Voris finally came out as ex-gay last year. At that time I wrote:

Thanks in part to pressure from virulently anti-gay and comically bewigged Catholic activist Michael Voris, last week the Catholic Church fired its news service editor for tweeting against North Carolina’s hate law. Yesterday Voris posted a video on his website, Church Militant, in which he confesses that for most his thirties, he lived a sexually sinful life of “live-in relationships with homosexual men.” Voris claims that he makes this revelation because the New York Archdiocese has been plotting to out him over his past.

Back in 2010 I posted several times about Voris, his attacks on President Obama, on LGBT rights, and his call for a “benevolent Catholic dictatorship in the United States.” These posts prompted a JMG reader to write and tell me that he’d once been close friends with Voris, who, according to the reader, had been a producer at the CBS affiliate in Detroit.

The reader further shared that he, Voris, and Voris’ boyfriend at the time had attended International Mister Leather some time in the 90s. According to the reader, Voris had to lend him a leather item in order to comply with that weekend’s dress code at Chicago’s Manhole bar.

I ended up not outing Voris because I couldn’t verify the reader’s story.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Sounds like his syphilis infection wasn’t treated in time…

  • Joe in PA

    Bad toupee says what?

  • William

    Where did he buy the Trump training toupee?

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      On Top of Old Nutzee.

    • Duh-David

      Party City’s Scarecrow Collection. Halloween sale currently running. Check your local ads.


    “comically bewigged” , everyone use that in a sentence today. I will.

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Will people be obliged to scream really loud whenever they hear “comically bewigged”? … startle hazard at that office.

      • ChrisMorley

        It’s just another drinking/spliffing game, for our sanity.
        Screaming is optional.

    • Lizard

      It’s pretty easy with Drumpf in office.

  • Boy Elvis

    I don’t believe “ex-gay” actually exists, but you know what, straight folks? You can have this motherfucker. Hell, take Milo while you’re at it.

    • marshlc

      Thanks but no thanks. If we have to have Trump, you can have this guy.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Damn. That was a *very* effective trump card. [arrh, arhh…ahem]

      • Boy Elvis

        The whole gay conversion thing essentially comes from straight people, so Voris is your mess, too.

        • marshlc

          Really? Dammit.

      • ChuckLikesToCanuck

        If straight people have to have Trump, can straight people stop including him in gay-sex related caricatures that reinforce the idea that we’re all a walking punchline or that the fact that he’s evil makes him a gay man somehow? Thanks. It doesn’t do anything but contribute to what this douche is trying to achieve.

        • marshlc

          I agree with you, I think. I’m all for seeing Trump humiliated in any way possible, but “Haw, haw, he’s Putin’s bitch!” seems a little off. As if the situation were inherently humiliating.

          Gotta say, though, that right here is where I see most of those cartoons, so I’d have to assume that not every gay man feels that way.

          As a straight ally, I feel privileged to be accepted as part of this community, and the last thing I want to do is anything that looks like straight-splaining. So nobody is getting any scoldings from me, on either side of the question.

    • That other infamous “ex-gay” Michael Glatze also appeared in Voris’ show (video titled ” Homofascism Caused by Identity Confusion”).

      BTW, check out this article on Glatze. He left his Protestant church in Wyoming and now is reportedly interested in Catholicism. Also, he moved back to San Francisco and changed his last name, for reasons:

      • Goodboy

        Glatze is a total nut. End of story. No movie required.

        • Rumor has it he’s addicted to drugs like Ritalin and Adderall.

    • Mark

      And LCR!!

    • RaygunsGoZap

      The hair
      The conspicuous spread of the collar
      The multiple overly tight necklaces
      Ex my ass.

    • Goodboy

      If you’re ex gay your straight. End of story. Of coarse that doesn’t fit the grift.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    ex-gay my ass

    • William

      You don’t want that on your ass.

  • Tawreos

    Is that really a person? His whole head looks like bad CGI.

  • BeaverTales

    IML has always attracted a few of the self hating types, but this guy takes the cake.

    • Hank

      True, but there have to be some very good Masochists for the the Sadists, that come to town for IML…. and HellFire’s Inferno in September!!!

  • ceeenbee

    Another pathetic queen castrated by the catholic church, bitter at a life devoid of loving physical contact. When you do that in prison, they eventually go crazy. When you do that outside prison, the same thing happens.

    • Joe in PA

      When you do that outside prison, the same thing happens you join Log Cabin Republicans

      🙂 .

    • j.martindale

      It is not merely the physical contact which is important to homosexual relationships. There is an emotional bond that gay men feel that I believe cannot be replaced by friendships with the opposite sex.

      • Todd20036

        True, but as far as haters are concerned it’s all about dick in anus

        Not relationships, not love, and certainly not about lesbians at all

        Just penis and anus

        Pathetic, no?

        • RaygunsGoZap

          I’m gonna have to test it out first

        • Edison Frisbee

          Don’t worry, it’s all depraved….just keep playing pretend marriage while you’re at it.

          • ceeenbee

            Fuck off you fucking russian troll.

      • Edison Frisbee

        Do you get a deep emotional bond in the bath houses? or is that just some guys goo sticking to you?

        • j.martindale

          Went twice. Never touched anyone other than my now husband. Curious but monogamous. My husband went home with me. For 27 years.

          • Edison Frisbee

            You can mimic marriage all you want, it’s a fraud

          • j.martindale

            You are not worth the time it takes to type this. Blocked.

    • DaveMiller135

      ceeenbee: Totally OT but, is that Trump as Troll doll a commercial product, or a one-off by an artist? ‘Cause I would totally add that one to my collection. Er, if I had a Troll doll collection, which I am totally too butch to have.

      • ceeenbee

        It was originally a Kickstarter project but here is where you can get.

        • olandp

          I just bought one, $25 and $5 shipping. Think I’ll hang it from my trailer hitch, like truck nuts.

          • misterjack

            Hahaha! I just bought one, too!

        • DaveMiller135

          Thank you very much. Pity the cell phone isn’t removable on the original.

  • TuuxKabin

    Left over cast member from Night of the Living Dead? Perfect, Halloween’s almost here.

  • Michael R

    Wouldn’t want to be her .

  • safari

    He looks … rough.

    • ETownCanuck

      That’s putting it nicely. I would have said he looks like a meth-addled circuit party bottom, desperately trying to hold on to what’s left of his youth.

  • Gigi

    He’s not aging well. I guess years of internalized homophobia and self-hate will do that to you.

  • Butch

    Poor guy – still so shaken by the trauma of his former existence that he can’t even muster the strength to use a comb, and you’re mocking him. Shame.

  • Clive Johnson

    True loons of the Catholic old school variety, crusaders waiting for an army.

  • boatboy_srq

    When you’re running fast as you can Rightward, everything looks like it’s moving Left.

    • Duh-David

      ^^^Stealing this.^^^

  • Guy z

    O/T: Just writing to register my deep appreciation for Vice and other long form news bulletins that help us see past the headlines or tweet storms. Tempted to list it in “recommended reading/viewing” for my students, but I like being able to pay my mortgage.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Who is paying for this? That’s not one guy in a basement somewhere.

    Oh, and also, WTF happened to his face?

    • grindstone

      Constant war on this and that and hate hate hate will do that to your face.

      “At 50, everyone has the face he deserves” — George Orwell (but also attributed to others)

      • Opinion Sousaphones

        I thought the same, as hatred does that… and quite a bit of fear too. He seems a bit twisted up with fear. I really do wish the world were less full of object lessons.

    • Ander

      I suspect that is lipoatrophy (facial wasting), a result of long-time HIV medication use.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Really? It looks like the residue of bad acne scarring but he doesn’t seem to have it in older pics. I wonder if HIV status could have to do with his ‘conversion’?

  • DaveMiller135

    Why is it always the ex-gays? You don’t want to ever have any fun ever again, I totally support you. If you manage to actually change your sexuality (bi, but pay no attention), I’m there cheering you on. But it’s always, “I stopped having sex, and now you must too.” Suck. Suck harder.

    • Daveed_WOW

      They don’t want us to stop. That want us to die.

      • Opinion Sousaphones

        … and the most virulent among them are us.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Turn it down a notch, will you?

          • Opinion Sousaphones

            OK. Will do.

        • Todd20036

          Excuse me?

          • Opinion Sousaphones

            Closeted gay men in the clergy… very self-hating, very misogynistic, and very determined to punish all gay people who live free and open lives. It is a type. You might not know any, and are doubtless happier for it.

          • Ivan T. Errible

            There are gay clergy?
            Wow-next thing you’ll be telling me is that there is a disproportionately high % of gay florists and librarians and social workers!

          • Opinion Sousaphones

            To be honest, I have had next to no contact with florists, librarians, or social workers. So, I really do not have much to say about them. When I was young (under 19), I was religious from a religious family, so I did have quite a lot of contact with priests. Not a good experience, but not the worst possible experience… no rape, and only one very inappropriate offer. Still, it was all bad enough that I knew to avoid them.

    • JCF

      Are all “ex-gays” HIV+? Looking at this guy’s face, I’d bet my hair (he could shave it to make a better wig!) that he is.

      • DaveMiller135

        I don’t think that’s a requirement, though it is something that might encourage a guy to cut his ties to the gay community. I don’t have any idea if any of that pertains to this guy.

  • HeyYouKidsGetOffMyLawn

    Truly a mess.

  • worstcultever

    1 – Funny to see this after reading a long piece in the Guardian earlier this morning about the knives being out for Pope Frank

    (and also funny – not really – that a long, exhaustive piece about the Catholic Church and that poor, put-upon institution’s “ideological” problems blahblahblah – managed to mention almost NOT ONE THING about its tiny altar boy rape problem)

    2 – Dying rich idle boys’ club (like Calvin’s NO ICKY GIRLS ALLOWED treehouse sign) but still beloved by its zombie rightwingers (e.g. Douthat) – and still VERY RICH and VERY ABLE to damage us all (see the Catholic hospital complex, imposing its medieval views on women, end-of-life issues, etc (spoiler: they think as much pointless suffering as possible prior to death is good for ya))

    3 – Looks like Steve Bannon has normalized utter ghoulish visages. Thanks Steve, we needed that.

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Point three!!!

  • Randy Ellicott

    Straight men dont wear choker necklaces…

    • Daveed_WOW

      ahem….neither do gay men…

      • Opinion Sousaphones

        What are those chains with little locks called? … not choker necklaces, it would seem. I have seen many a handsome man wearing them… not sure what it signified, but I always thought of them as a strangulation hazard, so a “strangle necklace” then and not a choker. OK, that’s different… never mind.

        • Opinion Sousaphones

          Actually, what do those little locks on neck chains signify?

        • misterjack

          They’re called collars. It means the wearer is ‘owned’ by someone.

          • Opinion Sousaphones

            Ah, thanks for that info, which lead to successful web searches. I read that it is like a wedding ring, and that it is given sometimes in a ceremony. Interesting… not unattractive, still, a bit of a strangulation hazard. Of course, how often does that happen? Probably never. I am just a worrier. Does the Daddy wear something similar? … like a key on a chain? I have not seen that… so maybe not or maybe only rarely.

        • The_Wretched

          “strangle necklace” = dog collar. I’ve seen some folks wear those and other collars while not having a clue about being owned / having an owner.

          • Opinion Sousaphones

            Dog collar? Isn’t that also a slang term for a clerical (priest’s) collar. Interesting.

          • The_Wretched

            Dog collars are a real thing to strangle dogs when you’re walking them. I think you may be wanted “choker”. A type of tight necklace that’s used to signify a D/S relationship.

        • ChrisMorley

          Various dog/slave collars are available at pet and fetish stores.

      • Randy Ellicott

        Hey a good choker can be very appealing… just not one with a cross on it… unless its in chrome on leather maybe…

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Straight men will wear anything if they think it will get them laid… hence, skinny jeans. Gay men are not all that different… so, really, men will wear anything.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Since he’s a sedevacantist (look that one up), he is automatically excommunicated by the CC, and that is truly accomplishing something.

    • marshlc

      Thanks for that word – I didn’t know it. I was thinking, when reading this, that he wasn’t a very good Catholic, since respect for the hierarchy is certainly expected, and he doesn’t seem to have that.

      Go nail your theses to a cathedral door, Voris, if you want to be taken seriously.

    • Dazzer

      Tremendous word. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Boreal

      Bewigged sedevacantist.

    • The_Wretched

      New word for me ! thanks

  • Daveed_WOW

    That’s a wig? Coulda fooled me. I was just thinking that his haircut seemed a little young and out of style for an old man.

    • motordog

      I’m sure it was in style back when he bought it. Mid 90’s I think they said?

  • Alpha 50327

    Jesus hates me this I know.
    For my barber tells me so.
    Syphallis untreated grows.
    Should have washed that borrowed thong.
    Yes, Jesus hates me.
    Yes, Jesus hates me.
    Yes, Jesus hates me.
    My barber tells me so.

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Well, grow your hair out!

  • AC

    What I am Michael is a 32 year-old, ugly, pock marked Catholic fairy, and if it takes me a little while to pull myself together, and if I have to lie to myself before I get up the nerve to show my face to the world, it’s nobody’s god damned business but my own. And how are you this evening?

    (with apologies to M. Crowley)

    • misterjack

      I’m turning on, and you’re just turning.

    • Natty Enquirer

      No veh.

    • edrex

      connie casserole!

    • David Walker

      No apologies necessary. That is one of the great entrance speeches of all time and deserves to be trotted out in any similarly applicable situation. My most used is still “Who is she? Who was she? Who does she hope to be?” followed by “Who do you have to fuck to get a drink around here?”

      I sort of understand all the shit fellow gays have heaped upon it, but I cannot overstate the help and courage and, in a way, the reassurance it gave me when I first heard the recording (a 2-record set) and then saw the movie. City dwellers may have heard about Stonewall, but those of us in the sticks still felt incredibly alone.

      • jixter

        Well said, David Walker. I saw the movie when it was new and I was still half-closeted. Summer 1970. Just out of high school. Not knowing which next step to take in life – and not knowing what the movie was about before going to see it. I lived in a small town and the thought of New York City scared me. I was ‘sort of’ able to identify with one or two of the characters (Peter White, Larry Luckinbill), but Harold terrified me – and I left the theater wondering whether I would “end up” just like him or any of the others. It was a very depressing experience. Now, looking back, I can see it as the brilliant work that it is.

        There is no such thing as “the good old days”.

        • AC

          Harold was terrifying for sure – he understood himself completely. And accepted it. Harold is divine.

          Voris, not so much yet.

        • BillyDee4

          I saw it when I was 19 when it first came out. I was living with an older man. It was a sick relationship but it was better than living with my father. I knew other gay people and I knew the movie was not representative but it was still depressing.

      • I had just graduated from high school in suburban Detroit, the movie had a huge impact on me

  • another_steve

    Through my husband who’s involved with several Catholic organizations working for social justice, I’ve met Father Martin. An amazingly gifted man. His book “Building a Bridge” has met with both praise and condemnation within the church hierarchy.

    LGBT Catholics reading here – or anyone (like me) interested in the ongoing evolution of institutional religion’s approach to LGBT people and issues – should consider reading the book.

    • ChrisMorley

      You / your husband will find a lot about James Martin at this gay/ex-catholic blog.

      • another_steve

        You know, Chris, that I’m not a Christian – though I love and respect Christians of good will.

        This is such a difficult area in the human journey to traverse.

        Thanks for your post here.

  • greenmanTN

    Have Voris and this guy ever been seen in the same room at the same time?

  • pj

    shes a mess

  • Gerry Fisher

    Why work hard–creating a “dialogue”–to get the Catholic hierarchy to come up to speed with what’s already happening out here in the real world? Given them 100 years. They’ll come around in their own time.

  • Achilles Tsakiridis

    His face is ravaged. I can only imagine what his soul is like .

    • Boreal


      • M Jackson

        I hope so. Lots of it.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Should you take out the Sword of St. Michael on the first date?

    “See if you can hold that.’
    “That is wow. That’s got some heft to it.”

  • misterjack

    Nice wig.

    • edrex

      you should see the beard he marries.

  • Jeffrey

    The statue of Jesus with the fetus on his desk is just so *kisses fingers like Italian chef*

  • Barry William Teske

    It takes a very special kind of thinking to want a church to go left or right.
    What’s the phrase…
    Oh I remember now.

    ‘Divided we fall.’

  • Tom

    Twisted Sister

  • M Jackson

    Ugh. Catholic this, Catholic that. They’re so obsessed with sin and death and self-hatred.
    Burn him at the stake and make them all watch.

    • ChrisMorley

      Only women traitors were let off easy with just a burning at the stake, while male traitors were hanged, drawn and quartered, with their severed ‘bits’ stuffed in their mouths. Then we put their heads on spikes above medieval London Bridge.
      This gender discrimination is historically accurate and necessary.

  • Ninja0980

    If you want to be a miserable self-loathing fool, have at it.
    The rest of us have no desire to be dragged into it.

  • TampaZeke

    He’s now limiting his sex to fucking little boys behind closed doors as God and the Catholic Church intended.

  • Puck

    Look at him! He is a train wreck! He went straight cuz well look at him!!!!

  • Hank

    his call for a “benevolent Catholic dictatorship in the United States.”

    I think he would have a BIG problem with the Evangelicals, who want to control the US!!

  • narutomania

    I think that they meant “ex-gay catholic extremist and meth addict Michael Voris”.

    Yeesh. His face looks like it got pulled out of a meat tenderizer.

  • KarenAtFOH

    What, hair shirt not enough?

    • edrex

      not if you just wear it on your head.

  • Steve Alcock

    “comically bewigged”…..oohhh i;m dying over here…..must share……ROFLMAO

  • David Walker

    He looks like he should have electrodes protruding from his neck.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    That gurl is a hot mess of nasty and stupid. So I’ll ignore him accordingly.

  • JWC

    I think the Catholic church like most organized religion are concerned with failing attendance

  • fastlanestranger

    The mouth says “ex-gay” but the hair says otherwise.

  • That is the face of a guy who has fucked a lot of men on meth.

  • andrew

    Would that he really was Ex gay, then we LGBT people could be free of any association with the likes of him.

  • coram nobis

    Perhaps on point: a long feature in the Guardian, “The War Against Pope Francis.”

    Seems that papal infallibility is valid only if the RCC conservatives like the incumbent. Article includes a mention of our old friend Cardinal Raymond Burke.

  • Phaedra

    Oh my. He’s filming this crap in Ferndale, MI. Which is the gayest city in metro Detroit. I live in the area. I want to figure out where this was taken. It looks familiar.

    • Looks like Minser’s collision shop on Woodward at the corner of East Marshall

  • James

    It’s hilarious when Catholics disagree with the pope on church dogma, in which matters their own faith teaches them he’s infallible.

  • JCF

    From the Hell Toupe’ Hall of Shame!

  • askDominick

    Yet another weak-minded reactionary.

  • Edison Frisbee
  • FlamingoParkQueen

    One day the Vatican is going to look over the barricades and discover no one is there…

  • Robert Considine

    He has a bad case of facial lipodystrophy, which is a syndrome often associated with HIV/AIDS. It causes the loss of fat cells in the cheeks that results in a hollowing of or creasing of one’s cheeks. (Sheriff David Clark, another right wing loon, appears to have facial lipodystrophy, too.) I’d bet that Voris is tortured by his thinking about about his past and present and and it probably drives this animus and activism to some extent. It’s sad and tragic and an example of how societal pressures damage some of the most vulnerable among us. Still, he still needs to be challenged and hopefully stopped.