- The Washington Times - Monday, March 13, 2006

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame has dismissed a plagiarism complaint lodged against a well-known liberal theologian by a conservative Roman Catholic group.

The accusations against the Rev. Richard McBrien were found to be unsubstantiated, John Cavadini, chairman of Notre Dame’s theology department, wrote in a letter to Father McBrien that was obtained last week by the National Catholic Reporter.

The Cardinal Newman Society said in January that an article Father McBrien wrote for several Catholic newspapers closely resembled the “structure, arguments, ideas and general theme” of one written a month earlier by Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara.

Father McBrien denied the accusation.

The National Catholic Reporter said in its Feb. 24 issue that Mr. Cavadini reviewed the charges and spoke with Father McBrien and found some unattributed material but concluded its use was unintentional. In his letter, Mr. Cavadini said the charges were lodged by “a militant right-wing Catholic interest group lobbying for the most stringent standards of orthodoxy.”

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