Vatican City, Mar 2, 2020 / 09:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome on Monday cleared a Scottish bishop of plagiarism in his 2003 doctoral dissertation.
The announcement Monday concluded an investigation begun by the university in January, following accusations that Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunkeld, Scotland, committed several acts of plagiarism in his 2003 doctoral dissertation on St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
A three-member panel appointed by the university “unanimously decided that the dissertation of Bishop Stephen Robson did not include plagiarized material, and therefore no sanctions of any kind were required,” the university announced on Monday.
According to the university, a medievalist and two patristic scholars—one from outside the university—conducted the investigation of Robson’s work, “With the Spirit and Power of Elijah (Lk 1,17). The Prophetic-Reforming Spirituality of Bernard of Clairvaux as Evidenced Particularly in his Letters.”
In 2019, a Cistercian priest in Austria first raised the possibility of plagiarism in the dissertation.