South Bend, Ind., Mar 13, 2006 / 22:00 pm
Just weeks after Father Richard McBrien, a controversial professor at the University of Notre Dame was essentially cleared by the University on charges of plagiarism, Virginia’s Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has announced evidence of a separate--and far more sweeping case--this time involving the priest’s 1997 book; Lives of the Popes.
Yesterday, CNS said they faxed Notre Dame president, Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C an 11-page comparison of McBrien’s 1997 book, Lives of the Popes, and strikingly similar--sometimes exact--pages from Rev. J.N.D. Kelly’s 1986 Oxford Dictionary of Popes.
They pointed out that this situation was first reported in 1998 by University professor emeritus Rev. Marvin O'Connell, in the magazine, Books and Culture.
Patrick Reilly, CNS’s president said today that "Notre Dame's response to our first complaint was a whitewash, but this they cannot ignore"