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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‘The only way to survive is to escape’


Youth finds hope in SW Kansas after

escaping enslavement in Burma


In the United States, 16 is the age at which most youth are enjoying newfound freedom at the driver’s wheel; the responsibilities of adulthood are still a lifetime away, a world of experiences yet to be celebrated.
    But for Del, now 22 and living in southwest Kansas, 16 was the age at which he escaped from slavery.

    Having arrived in southwest Kansas nearly two years ago, the Burma (also known as Myanmar) native spent the previous five years living in a refugee camp in Thailand, which borders Burma. Fearing that his story may ignite revenge against his parents and six sisters still living in Burma, he asked that his real name not be used.  
    At 16, Del was snatched from his family by the Burmese military to serve as a “porter,” which, in Burmese terms, is just a breath away from a death sentence.
    “If you work late at night, or if you are traveling at night, they will take you,” he said. “When you work as a porter, you have to do everything they tell you. You are like an animal. Everything they say, you have to do whether you like it or not.”
    Del belongs to the “Karen” minority group, the largest of 20 minority groups throughout the country. Since democratic rule ended in 1962, members of these groups have been rebelling against the military junta, which Del said has oppressed the minority groups, often subjecting villagers – even those with no ties to rebel activities – to torture and death. The only way to flee is to escape to a refugee camp.
    Meanwhile, the military makes a practice of kidnapping mostly male villagers, including children, to act as porters, carrying their packs across roads laden with land mines and to act as shields when coming across rebel fighters -- often times their own people.  
    “The other people, if they shoot, this is their own people,” Del said. “But some people are kind, you see; they don’t want to shoot their own people. Sometimes they have no choice and they have to shoot.”
    Del said that because he was a very small 16-year-old, he wasn’t used in life-threatening situations.
    “I worked in the military camps. They didn’t ask me to do serious things because I was little. I had to carry water from the well or river.”
    Should porters become sick – common in a region with no health services and with a wealth of air- and insect-borne diseases – the military would simply stop feeding them. Many porters become ill, but instead of succumbing to their illness, they instead would die of starvation.
    “The only way to survive is to escape,” Del said. “I was with two soldiers. I carried a pack, and a rebel was trying to shoot them. It was a good time for me to escape. I ran into the forest. I didn’t know where I was going.”
    With the help of a Karen man, Del made it to a refugee camp just over the border of neighboring Thailand. There he found safety and schooling. He was able to contact a priest who got word back to his worried family that he was safe and sound. But sadly, he would never see his family again after being stolen away.
    Today, he enjoys speaking with his sister by phone, but the rest of his family is too far from telephone services to communicate with him.
    “I want to see my dad and mom,” he said, tears welling in his eyes.
    “When I call my sister, she tells me my dad always asks if I could go back there. I say I will go back there some day, but she doesn’t know I can not go back.
    “I just lie,” he said, weeping.  
    “If it is raining, I miss my village,” he explained, his voice cracking under the memory of his homeland. “In our country it rains a lot.”
    But when asked his first impressions of the United States, Del’s demeanor quickly changed. He smiled and replied, “I can go to school by myself. As long as I work, if I am not lazy, I can have a good life here. Here I think it’s good.”
     Del is working while attending college courses; his major is biology. His goal is to become a doctor.
    “When I go back to school, I’m very happy. In our country, if you want to go to school, it’s very, very hard. Here I can go to school easily. I want to be a doctor. In our country, we don’t have much knowledge. If you got sick, you are like ‘cursed by the Gods.’ They don’t find out what is happening. We also need a lot of medications over there.”
    Del was asked if, despite the struggles in his homeland, there is something that Americans could learn from the people of Burma:
    “I think they should learn they have a better fortune that we do. They need to thank God for that.”

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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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