Corpus Christi email rumor is false – but a documentary about it is coming out mid-2011



2011 UPDATE: In mid-2011 a documentary film will be released chronicling a touring production of Terrence McNally’s stage play Corpus Christi. The play does, in fact, depict Jesus Christ as a gay man. However, the film is NOT the play, but a documentary about it. Important distinction.

The documentary film is entitled Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption.

You may want to check out this site that explains Urban Legends, Gay Jesus, Corpus Christi Play, why people react to rumors about subjects that touch their beliefs.


I posted this on April 23, 2009:

For perhaps the 100th time this year a friend has forwarded to me an email that is completely false. “Corpus Christi”, the play by Terrence Mc Nally, is NOT being made into a movie.

I am posting this here because I don’t have time to respond to all the emails….

A media mindful response is to check the sources and the rumor itself ( before you spread an email around.  Truth is not served by spreading rumors.


As St. Ignatius recommended: test the spirit. If he were here today, he might say: test the email. Reflect and research before you hit that send button; this is a service to the community; spreading false rumors helps no one.

Here is what I wrote in another posting Sr Rose Looks at Hollywood:


Urban Legends

I have some wonderful Catholic friends who get excited whenever anything worrisome appears in their email boxes. Before checking out the “rumors” or information, they forward emails to all their friends. In the last six months I have received several emails telling me to sign a petition because Terrence McNally’s play “Corpus Christi”, about a gay Jesus and gay apostles, is going to be released soon as a movie. According to, this rumor has been going around at least since 2000 and it is false. Indeed, there is no mention of it at the Internet Movie Database ( and Google doesn’t turn up anything. I recommend checking out rumors that seek to incite moral panics before passing on misinformation. This is a thoughtful response.

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  • tgkm

    I’m glad I decided to Google ‘Corpus Christi’ before sending the warning on to friends. The idea of such a movie seemed more than a little outrageous to me and, even though it was sent to me by a concerned Catholic friend, that little voice in my mind told me something about it did not seem right. What I will be forwarding is the suggestion to go to and to your site, so that they may reassure themselves that the rumors are false. Thank you for addressing this.

  • krw

    I find your comments interesting and a little short of the mark as I see it. 1. There is a movie or DVD named “Corpus Christi” that was published in 1997. See:
    2. I believe it was John, who was inspired by God, that tells us to test the spirits ( 1John 4 ).
    If you read the reviews of the 4 DVD set, there is question of how accurate the documentary really is. I am wondering if you have seen this study and agree with its findings or just that it does not depict Jesus as gay?

    • sisterrose

      Thank you, but what you refer to is not the Terrence McNally play of the same title made into a film. This is an entirely different “film”. If you check you will see. I only refer to Terrence McNally’s play being made into a film. Therefore, I believe I am on the mark.
      Thank you!