St. Michael's Media founder and CEO Michael Voris holds up a rosary while addressing the "Bishops Enough Is Enough" rally at the MECU Pavilion November 16, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Report: Virulently Homophobic Founder of Church Militant Resigned After Steamy Selfies Sent to Young Men

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

Michael Voris, the self-professed former homosexual and virulently anti-gay founder of Church Militant, reportedly stepped down from the group after steamy selfies he sent to male colleagues came to light.

Voris "resigned over what his board described as a breach of Church Militant's 'morality clause,' with no other public explanation of his offense," the Washington Post reported.

But details of the sizzling selfies emerged all the same.

The Post documented that the anti-LGBTQ+ group's "employees had complained that Voris had sent shirtless workout photos of himself to Church Militant staff and associates."

"I don't know if it was a gym bro thing or what," Joe Gallagher detailed in comments to the Post. Gallagher worked for Church Militant until November of 2022, and left the organization "after he said Voris accused him of plotting a coup against him," the Post detailed.

"A whole bunch of young guys got them, I know that," Gallagher added.

In her own resignation letter, one of the group's webcasters, Christine Niles, sought to give a heads up to the group's board, the writeup said.

"I've learned Michael has been in the habit of sending shirtless selfies to multiple men inside and outside the apostolate," her letter reportedly advised the board.

"They reveal an unhealthy obsession with his physique, not to mention the terrible optics – particularly considering his former lifestyle."

That was evidently a reference to Voris' own 2016 admission that in his younger days, the Post recalled, "he had lived an 'extremely sinful' life of 'live-in relationships with homosexual men.'"

The article, which contextualized the story by recalling that Voris routinely targeted people with whom he disagreed with accusations of homosexuality, added: "Voris said the admission was meant to preempt attacks from his enemies within the church and that he was no longer in sexual relationships with men, having come to 'abhor all these sins.'"

The Post article continued: "Voris kept up his attacks on LGBTQ+ people even after his admission about his own past, and Church Militant continued to grow.

"But the workout selfies brought old questions about Voris's sexuality back to the surface – in addition to raising concerns about workplace harassment," the article said, before relaying that a "group of Church Militant employees sent their own unsigned letter to the board that same month, complaining that Voris had sent a selfie to a prominent potential donor that they believed had cost them a sizable contribution" – not a sum that the financially spiraling group could afford to lose, evidently.

"After Voris resigned, Church Militant sold two of its office buildings in late December, according to court records," the Post detailed. "But the organization remains in financial jeopardy."

The group's response to its dire financial condition might not surprise observers: Church Militant blamed Satan in a "fundraising email," claiming "that 'the Evil One' had taken a 'huge bite' out of the company," the Post recalled.

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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