Plagiarism by former SKC columnist

Former SKC columnist, Sister Irene Hartman, OP, has been found to have plagiarized at least 25 of the columns she provided to the SKC. For more than a decade, Sister Irene provided dozens of weekly columns under the title “Holy Ones of Our Times,” and the earlier title, “Charisms”.

It has been discovered that at least 25 of her columns were taken in part from the work of Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints, Blessed Among All Women, and Blessed Among Us (a collected volume of his work that appeared in the publication Give Us This Day).

According to Give Us This Day editor Mary Stommes, a reader recently called their attention to one instance of potential plagiarism, which led to a more careful review and the discovery that, “Sister Irene not only copied many of Mr. Ellsberg’s words, but she also copied his method of expanding our understanding of saintliness in the range and breadth of those portrayed.”

One article reviewed by the SKC contained phrasing identical to that used in a column by Mr. Ellsberg, whose column was written more than a decade prior to Sister Irene’s.  The SKC trusts fully that the research completed by Liturgical Press, the publishing house of Give Us This Day, is accurate. Therefore, the Catholic has removed all of Sister Irene’s columns from our website, including the issues in which they were contained.

“As a 20-year columnist, I would like to offer my personal apologies to Mr. Ellsberg,” said Dave Myers, SKC editor. “I can’t begin to imagine how I would feel had I encountered someone using my columns in such a way. Ms. Stommes and Mr. Ellsberg have been extremely gracious in their response to this serious issue.”

Sister Irene died at age 95 on Aug. 17, 2017. The SKC urges readers to take a moment to view the books written by Mr. Ellsberg, the links of which are included above.  Coverage will appear in the April 7 SKC.

 

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Larned community reacts with shock,

sadness to closing of hospital

Members of the Larned community reacted with shock and sadness to the June 10 announcement that St. Joseph Memorial Hospital and its long-term care unit would close its doors Sept. 30.
“I think people are kind of going through a grief process,” said Barbara Hammond, a member of the Larned City Council. “There’s a lot of sorrow. We’re just very stunned.”

The announcement was made June 10 by Central Kansas Medical Center (CKMC), which operates St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. CKMC is owned by the Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).
 “I am sad for the people who are patients,” said Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore. “I am sad for the residents in long-term care.  I am sad for the community.”
Bishop Gilmore was informed of the closure the day before it was announced.  After being informed, the bishop and his staff sought clarification from CHI and CKMC regarding their plans for health care, especially emergency care, in Pawnee County. 
“I and my staff have been in contact with CHI,” Bishop Gilmore said. “While I have a healthy respect for the process that CHI used to come to the decision, I am disappointed that it appears to be not possible for CHI to gift the Larned Hospital facility with its critical access license to the Pawnee County Community.  That was my hope and recommendation.  But there appears to be a number of legal, regulatory, ethical and other considerations that CHI sees as making such a move not permitted.”   
Bishop Gilmore expressed his hope that if the Larned and Pawnee County community is unable to secure the hospital with its critical care license, then CKMC and the Pawnee County community would be able to work out a plan that could provide a much-enhanced clinic and ample emergency care. 
“I continue to hold in my prayer all the players in this sad situation that exemplifies the complexities and challenges of rural health care, and I remain active in seeking to support in ways that I can the best for health care in all parts of our diocese,” Bishop Gilmore said.
According to Sister Diane Traffas, vice chair of the CKMC Board of Directors, the primary reason for closing the hospital is that “we could no longer sustain the financial losses incurred year after year, despite many efforts to mitigate the circumstances.”
Still, the decision was very difficult, Sister Diane said.  The board explored a variety of alternatives to closing the hospital.
“Ultimately, after much prayer and discernment, the members voted and there was unanimous support for the closure and the continuation of the clinic,” she said. CKMC is exploring expanding the clinic’s hours and services to accommodate needs.
Meanwhile, the Larned community is not letting their hospital close without exploring every possible alternative. Larned Mayor Robert Pivonka told the Register he would like CHI to “sell us the hospital as is, and transfer to us the ‘rural critical access license.’”
The Critical Access Hospital (CAH) license designation provides higher Medicare and Medicare reimbursement rates to small rural hospitals, according to Mary Beth Herrmann, a member of the Pawnee County Community Health Organization and the administrator of the Pawnee County Health Department. Larned must have the license to operate the hospital.
According to hospital sources, the designation of Critical Access is approved by Federal Medicare and the State Licensure and is “not CKMC’s right to give to another hospital or entity.” 
The community has continued to explore other options. Mayor Pivonka met personally with Rep. Jerry Moran in Washington, D.C. soon after the announcement was made.
“I really feel that our best avenue of approach at the present time is probably through our legislature in Washington, D.C. and our representatives to get some pressure on the Kansas Department of Health to keep that license open until we have a chance to do something,” Mayor Pivonka said. “I don’t know what our chances are of that, probably slim and none, but it’s worth a shot.”
Mayor Pivonka, while concerned about the decision, stressed that he didn’t “think anybody on our committee is really upset with the Catholic Church or the Catholic people. That isn’t it. I’ve tried to make people understand this.” His problem, he said, is with CHI and the fact that it was allowed to make this decision. 
Sister Diane said she regrets that this has become such a divisive and sensitive issue.  She hopes that eventually both communities can come together on ideas of how they can expand clinic services and respond to handling appropriately Emergency/EMS services in the Larned community.
“While this is a different health care model, we still have an opportunity to collaborate,” she said.
It’s understandable why the community feels as if they’re losing a family member. The hospital opened in 1951; all of Mayor Pivonka’s five children were born in the hospital. Herrmann said she has “heard thousands of stories of life giving measures performed right here in our community hospital….”
“Pawnee County Community Health Organization wants to express our thankfulness for the employees at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital who are dedicated to the community and work at the place most consider there home away from home,” she said. “Our community is truly blessed to have them.
“The emergency room and hospital has impacted my life and thousands of other people in Pawnee County and those passing through or visiting who found themselves in need of care,” Herrmann said.
In the press release, Sharon Lind, president CEO of CKMC, said that “We sincerely appreciate the community for their support over the years and acknowledge how devastating this can be to loyal community supporters.”
The town ministerial association will host a candlelight prayer vigil July 12 at 9 p.m. at Moffat Stadium, during which residents will “pray for some resolution to this.”
 

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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