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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Mark Brumley

It's pretty devastating.

Anybody can make a mistake. Some people can make a couple of mistakes. But these mistakes go beyond that.

Either Father McBrien was unscholarly and incompetent in the process of writing THE LIVES OF THE POPE or he was dishonest or both. In any case, even apart from the ideological problems with the man, no one should be willing to turn to him as a reliable, credible source for information. But I suspect nothing will change and nothing will happen at Notre Dame as a consequence of this.

Paul

Interestingly enough, an Amazon.com reviewer blew the whistle on this in April of 2002:

"It is difficult to figure out why McBrien wrote this book. On the whole, it is amazingly similar to the classic "Oxford Dictionary of the Popes" by J.N.D. Kelly. I wonder how much real research went into this book? What is good here can be found in a more reliable and less polemicized form in Kelly's book ... unless you like to read scurrilous gossip about the Church from one of its most widely published dissenters."

Ed Peters

I thought the Newman group did not lead off with their best evidence, but read through it, and you'll see some pretty awful liftings by McB. I dunno, Mark, at some point, even ND has to admit that such behavoir on such a scale from such a high-profile figure, if unrebuked, would set a bad precedent. Vamos a ver.

Justin Nickelsen

What I want to know: why copy fro JND Kelly?! What a cliche!

;)

Plato's StepChild

Presumably, McBrien will invoke the cloak of proportionalism to escape the absolutist ideologues who use a Veritatis Splendor approach to plagiarism in his seemless garment of writings.

McBrienus Caritas Est means never having to say you're sorry. Mea Minimus Culpa.

Carl Olson

Presumably, McBrien will invoke the cloak of proportionalism to escape the absolutist ideologues who use a Veritatis Splendor approach to plagiarism in his seemless garment of writings.

Beautiful!

Plato's Stepchild

I think I plagiarized, therefore I am

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