Not that I didn’t see this coming, but the chairman of the Notre Dame theology department said Fr. Richard McBrien was not guilty of plagiarism. This came up last month when I posted some comparisons between a McBrien syndicated column and an Eileen McNamara column in the Boston Globe about the Menino-Catholic Charities affair. The Cardinal Newman Society took the ball and ran with it, filing a complaint with Notre Dame.
Of course, it’s no surprise that McBrien would be cleared, especially when you read the department chairman’s description of CNS:
[T]he complaint “was publicly lodged by the Cardinal Newman Society … a militant right-wing Catholic interest group lobbying for the most stringent standards of orthodoxy to be used in courses and curricula at Catholic colleges and universities,” Cavadini wrote. The group, he said, had already “targeted Fr. McBrien as a dissident priest who should be required by the university to leave his teaching position.”
Gee, do you think the outcome was pre-ordained?
Regardless of the outcome, the whole episode reveals the intellectual bankruptcy of the liberal establishment. They’re left to recycle the same tired cliches that we’ve heard a million times. And so it’s proven again that if you’ve read one liberal, you’ve read them all.