I haven’t up to this point commented on the allegations that Fr. McBrien is guilty of plagiarism first reported by Domenico Bettinelli. The Boston Herald picked up the story and the Cardinal Newman Society has sent a letter to Notre Dame about it. I ran into a new site today called Copyscape.com which is a site used to detect plagiarism. I decided to test it out by entering in the url of Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara column and sure enough it listed Fr. McBrien’s article in The Tidings as a case of plagiarism. So that seems to me to be a pretty good unbiased opinion of whether plagiarism actually occurred.