Bishop McManus condemned a professor at Holy Cross college who suggested Jesus was a “drag king” with “queer desires.” In a statement issued March 30, 2018, McManus said he was deeply troubled by the “false and perverse” arguments put forth by the professor. McManus also said his writing was “seriously flawed.” The professor’s views “have no place in the biblical scholarship of a professor who teaches at a Catholic college and who, as such, should be supportive of the college’s Catholic identity and mission,” he added. Academic freedom “cannot provide cover for blatantly unorthodox teaching.”