Santa Clara hosts theologian who said Jesus may have been hermaphrodite

“We cannot know for sure that Jesus was male”

Susannah Cornwall (image from SCU Campus Calender)

Santa Clara University has announced it will be hosting theologian Susannah Cornwall from the University of Exeter, who once suggested that Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite, to discuss “Gendered Theologies and the Common Good.” It is part of the “Gender Justice and the Common Good” program of Santa Clara’s Bannan Institute.

Cornwall is scheduled to speak at the Jesuit university about “spiritual care pathways for people undergoing gender transition in the National Health Service in England.”

“We cannot know for sure that Jesus was male,” Cornwall wrote once, in response to the debate about women bishops in the Church of England. “It can only be that Jesus’ masculine gender role, rather than his male sex, is having to bear the weight of all this authority.”

She called identifying Jesus as a man is “simply a best guess” as “we do not have a body to examine and analyze.”

Full story at Cardinal Newman Society.



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  1. Jesus was male: “The angel said to Mary, ‘Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son.” (Luke 1:30-31)

    If we lived in a more sane age, kooks like this woman wouldn’t be paid anything to spout such nonsense.

    If we lived in a more sane age, a so-called Catholic university wouldn’t host a symposium about “Gendered Theologies”.

    This woman is a fake theologian and SCU is a fake Catholic university.

    • Thanks, Sawyer. I think you hit all the points. By the way, what are “Gendered Theologies” anyway? And how can they possible provide any enlightenment beyond plain, old-fashioned theology. Does God’s nature or his loving action in the world [which we Catholics call “grace” and our Orthodox friends name as “Divine energies”] depend upon, or change with, the gender of those who study it? God is the same for everyone and He loves women, men, people of every race–in fact every single human being–the same and without regard to “gendered theologies”. Nothing but buffalo-chip sandwich material, to my mind.

      • Fr. John Higgins says:

        Good points by both Sawyer and Roberto Vicente. I look at this kind of “theology” like I would look at a person trying to make a large amount of dehydrated water after having studied all of the techniques for many years and being paid to do so. This poor woman (I’m pretty sure she is a woman) needs our prayers as much as anyone who has ever claimed to be Napoleon, including the original.

        • Ann Malley says:

          The students at Santa Clara who are being exposed to this nonsense need our prayers, too. Much like the “Jesuit” faculty at Santa Clara who, it would appear, have seriously lost their way.

          • Don’t put “Jesuit” in quotes. The order’s corruption long ago usurped its former ideals. This isn’t in the slightest limited to Santa Clara. The Oregon province alone was bankrupted in 2011 after paying out $250 million in abuse settlements. Who knows how many more millions the Jesuits have paid out elsewhere. They have ruined their schools. Our jesuit pope attacks orthodoxy on a daily basis. There’s no defending them anymore. Any self-respecting Catholic should long ago have taken the gloves off as far as these guys are concerned. The information on Google is overwhelming. People must wake up.

  2. drewelow says:

    somehow i think she’ll soon be in cited footnotes of civilta cattolica articles. she’s got the touch we’ve seen from the vatican ghostwriting team.

  3. Anne T. says:

    Nonsense! all the ancient non Christian historians mention Jesus Christ as being a man — Josephus, a Jewish historian, for one and some of the Roman historians. This woman is just a trouble maker — period!

    • My apologies. Perhaps I have been too harsh on this woman. Perhaps she knows or is such a person. Nevertheless, we almost all have some slight or serious physical defects, but we must not bring the Lord Jesus or the Virgin Mary down to our level. The Lord Jesus Christ is called the Lamb of God for a reason. The people had to bring the best lambs from their flock to sacrifice. They could not have any physical defects. Since the Lord was the perfect person, he had to be sinless and without any physical defects to be offered to God. Another thing, the Virgin Mary was NOT an unwedded mother either as some try to say. A betrothal back them was the same as a marriage, and the Biblical clearly states that St. Joseph was considering divorcing her…

      • Anne T. says:

        Completion of my first post: considering divorcing her until the angel appeared.

      • Anne T— I very much respect and admire your devotion to our Savior. But I think it’s dangerous to make statements about Him that exceed what was revealed. Example: “Since the Lord was the perfect person” “He had to be . . . without any physical defects . . .” But Jesus possessed a human nature in a manner that made Him “a man like us in ALL things but sin”, according to Eucharistic Prayer IV. No POSSIBILITY of ANY physical defects??? Your statement doesn’t square with EPIV. And lex orandi est lex credendi.

        • Anne T. says:

          Roberto Vicente, I did not want to have to post again since I have said way too much already, but to answer your question: I did not mean that the Lord Jesus had to be handsome in every ones eyes or unscarred, etc., just that he had all his limbs and body parts intact as were the lambs presented in the Temple. He certainly was scarred doing normal labor or being crucified. I did not mean for anyone to take it too, too literally. I am sorry I did not make that clear.

          • Thanks for your courteous reply. From the tenor of your post I guess I didn’t need to make the point I did. Godspeed, and Good Lent!!

          • Anne T. says:

            Thank you, too, Roberto Vicente and a Good Lent to you and everyone else.

            I would like to mention John 19:36 where it says “Not one of his bones will be broken” in referring to Christ on the cross. The Gospel writer is referring to Exodus 12:45 which is in reference to the sacrificial lambs for the sacrifices of the Old Testament. If anyone wants to look into all this further, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Dr. Scott Hahn and other Biblical scholars have written books or sermons on this — the Lord being the ultimate paschal lamb. I think “The Supper of the Lamb” or “The Lamb’s Supper by Dr. Hahn probably explains all this. Some of their teachings are probably on youtube.

    • Please people do not try to bring the Lord Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary down to our level. She is considered the Ark of the Covenant according to Revelation (Apocalypse), chapters 11 and 12.

      • And the Ark of the Covenant was untouchable. Only certain holy priests could handle it, others would die. The Virgin Mary was untouchable intimately because no one is worthy to come forth from the same womb as God the Son — none of us.

  4. This poor woman is not being moved by a careful analysis of the Biblical texts or of ancient sources, but by Queer/transgender ideology forcing itself upon Christian thought like a deadly virus into a healthy cell. If the Jesuits up at Santa Clara think there is any substance to these delusions, they are worse off than I ever imagined.

    • Anne Mclaughlin says:

      Congratulations ! You have earmed your 15 minutes of fame. Collect your Certificate proving you did so after the lecture.

      • What nonsense, Anne. This occasion is one of mourning, requiring prayer and fasting, and nothing more.

  5. Who would actually pay money in the form of tuition to hear this nonsense?!?!? I’m all for differing views, but continually hosting and conducting workshops on either/both heretical and wacky, discredits Santa Clara University’s reputation as a serious (Catholic) institution.

  6. The Watchman says:

    What utter nonsense this woman is spouting. Jesus Christ is True God True Man King of Kings Lord of Lords. Jesus willingly gave his life on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and salvation of mankind even though he was the Son of God. God so loved mankind that he gave his only begotten son to be crucified. He will come back again in the very near future like a thief in the night. Brothers and sisters in Christ repent and convert! Pray America Pray!

  7. Fake theology; fake theologian; fake Catholic university.

  8. Susannah must have found her Theology degree in a box of fruit and nuts cereal. I earned mine at the Angelicum in Rome. You don’t even have to have a Theology degree to know that Jesus was, is, and forever will be True God and True Man. As a previous reader has already correctly punted out, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary he told her that she would cocveive in her womb and bear a son!

  9. Jesuit institutions must have made a pact with the Devil to destroy the Church and the American way. So sad.

  10. Joel Fago says:

    What would Susannah Cornwall say about males today who are claiming to be female? Susannah, God created male and female. We CAN know for sure that Jesus was male, but we can use our God-given free will to deny it.

  11. A Catholic university needs to present Catholic truths as what we believe, and never speakers with alternative theories based on their own fantasies. A Catholic professor, however, could present her work briefly as nonsense that comes from corrupted thinking. Fr. Brian Mallady, OP says that all errors in theology come from errors in philosophy.

    • Carolann says:

      Thank you Father for speaking The Truth Of our Catholic Faith! I’m a Catholic mother with grown children and have taught them The Catholic Faith .
      I will tell you, this horrible blasphemy against Our Dear Lord Jesus is the result of a Hatred toward God.
      If I had my child in that school I would pull them out immediately! Boycott!
      Scandal to the little ones. I remember Jesus mentioning something about a millstone.
      Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Have mercy on us! Immaculate Heart of Mary oro pro nobis!

    • Anne T. says:

      Exactly, Fr. Perozich. I did not mean in any of my posts above that she should be teaching there. She should not. I just wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt as to why she might have said it — that it might have been from misguided compassion for those who are actual hermaphrodites even though her thinking is seriously wrong.

      • Can we deal in practicalities, please? Catholic universities are so worm infested with corruption, heterodoxy and flat out revolution against Judeo Christianity that seriously – you’re looking to give somebody a benefit of an imaginary doubt?? That attitude on behalf of millions of dumb Catholics is precisely why Catholic colleges have been hijacked by outright enemies of the faith. People standing around wondering what’s going on. Duh. Do you stand around wondering why an intruder is wondering in your home? Maybe he’s lost? It’s about time that faithful Catholics across this nation rise up and condemn these schools and protest without equivocation.

        • Ralph, the link to the other article said that she wrote those ideas around 2012. I have no idea if she is still teaching the same thing, but I am assuming she does. Note that I replied to Fr. Perozich that she should NOT be teaching there no matter her reasons for what she said.

  12. This is not theology. It is mindless drivel.
    Scripture defeats this false idea.
    Luke 2:21
    When the eight days until His circumcision had passed, He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He had been conceived.
    Matthew 1:21
    She will give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
    Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

  13. Relax and chill. This is part of the process of becoming an educated person! Hearing different points of view often leads to the truth. Yes – this theologian’s Christology is wacky! The students will figure this out! Her lecture is part of the gender studies/alternative sexualities fad. This too will pass!

    • Harold, The venue of a Catholic university lends credibility to the talk. For this among other reasons, a Catholic school should not present such speakers, although a solid Catholic professor might highlight her points and how it simply is not in accord with the faith.

      • Ann Malley says:

        Look to the debacle of the ’67 Land O’Lakes Conference that supposedly challenged Catholic Universities to be more open to different thought, than Catholic. So, yes, the venue of a Catholic University lends credulity to the talk.

        This corruption of getting “Catholics” to no longer be Catholic by way of open subversion has been going on for a long, long time.

    • Kristin says:

      Harold you silly thing! These students are in formation, learning what it means to be truly Catholic. Throwing a bit of evil dye into the waters is not something to take so lightly. Souls are at stake and they will certainly not be relaxing and chillin’ in Hell. Grow up man!

  14. The “Gender Justice and the Common Good” studies will be introduced next at Rome to support women deacons and priests – don’t you know, hummmmmm?

  15. ann tagonism says:

    This move is in obvious gratitude to God
    for the recent gift of $100 million to Santa Clara.
    Wow !!!!

  16. I am sure PJ will come to the rescue…soon…PJ?…where are you????????

  17. John Patrick says:

    This is blasphemy. Our Lord is Son of God.

  18. Michael McDermott says:

    Santa Clara = where MISANDRY (Hatred of Men & Boys, Masculinity & Normal Heterosexuality – is The Tenure Track.
    They jostle and squeal their hatred for ‘pork byproducts’ as a means of squeezing in at the head of the tenure trough – where the money of Faithful Catholics goes to produce Anti (small c’) catholics, under the pretense that presenting information and not rabidly partisan political indoctrination is the true goal of the pathetic farce of Academentia.

  19. John Feeney says:

    More of the “Fruits of Vatican 2”! She sounds like a project for a mental health professional!

  20. Don’t hope for much from Bp. PJ McGrath.

    2 years ago when several of us wrote him citing SCU professor Lisa Fullam ‘s many outrageous attacks on Catholic teaching (even advocating rebellion against fellow bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix re. “abortion rights”) she being a member of his “pontifical” faculty, he wrote back a form letter to us all, citing “the spirit of open dialogue in keeping with Vatican II” justifying her attacks. That is a quote.

    So, Vatican II justifies an anti-Catholic takeover of our own Catholic institutions.

    Paul VI’s “smoke of Satan inside the Church” on full display.

  21. Catherine says:

    Yes, pray for Susannah! She is lost! Plain and simple… Susannah Cornwall has been completely duped! She is serving the wrong master and the homosexual agenda!

    queer theology and sexchatology
    Susannah Cornwall interviewed by Richard Marshall.

    “Susannah Cornwall is a theologian with philosophical thoughts about how religions needs to get to grips with sexuality.”

  22. Catherine: thank you for your post. Very interesting- similar to the tactics used by our current President!

  23. This is an arictle that makes you think “never thought of that!”

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