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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Dozens attend 2010 High School Youth Rally

Are you ‘Tough Enough

to be Catholic’?

By David Myers
Southwest Kansas Register

Is it tough to be Catholic? According to Terry Clark, that answer is an adamant “yes.”
Clark, keynote speaker at the March 17-18 High School Youth Rally in Dodge City, has at once the cadence of a stand-up comic, impressive vocal talents, and a deep spirituality.
All of which lent to his appeal when speaking before 110 youth and 30 adult sponsors at the rally, held at Dodge City Community College.

The theme for the event was “Tough Enough to be Catholic,” which Clark, a father of four, addressed almost immediately. Next to him on stage stood a guitar, inviting kids to wonder just what kind of talent they were going to encounter.
“It’s really ambitious to think that we can be tough enough to be Catholic,” he said. “Because I think from my own experience that being Catholic is one of the toughest things ever. I think it’s really hard to be Catholic, to be what Jesus truly calls us to be, which is to follow him at all times.  I think that’s really hard.
“I’ll admit that I have a lot of shortcomings. So, for me it’s really hard to feel like I’m always following Jesus 100 percent the way he wants me to.”
Prior to taking the stage, Diocesan Youth Director Steven Polley offered words of introduction to the many youth attending the rally, and he introduced members of the youth council.
As always with a new speaker, Polley had all the participants raise their hands toward Clark and offer their prayers of support for him before he began his presentation. Once on stage, Clark discussed three ways in which one has to be tough enough to be Catholic:
“One: You have to open the door to Jesus to be a part of your life, to let him in.
“Two: This is the most difficult piece, but I also think it’s the most worthwhile, and that is to ask for forgiveness. You’ll find no bigger advocate for the sacrament of reconciliation than myself, except for maybe the pope. I hear he’s really big on it too. I haven’t asked him yet.
“Three: Say ‘thank you.’ God blesses us in a lot of ways. So when we say ‘thank you,’ the blessings just flow out from God in amazing, amazing ways.”
Clark, Program Director for the St. Thomas More Center in the Diocese of Des Moines, admitted that when he was a teenager, the door allowing Christ entry “was locked as tight as you could possibly lock it. I didn’t want to have anything to do with Jesus. My Jesus was a Jesus who caused heartache and pain, and I blamed everything on Jesus. It was always Jesus’s fault when something bad happened. It couldn’t be my fault, for sure. I wasn’t tough enough.  I just wanted to play the blame game.”    
Later, while serving as a youth minister aboard a service trip to West Virginia, Clark met a troubled young woman – a girl whose story seemed sadly similar to the one in which an Irish girl recently was “bullied” into committing suicide. This girl, also an immigrant, chose to try to fit in by having sex and by getting drunk at parties, until her behavior eventually led her to begin cutting herself out of shame.
“’Terry,’ she said to me, ‘I understand that God forgives, but how is he ever going to forgive me?’ So I said, ‘Look, I’m pretty sure that God will forgive you and love you 100 percent because he’s never stopped loving you.
“There are two moments in your life, in my opinion, where there’s perfection -- that moment when you’re baptized and you are free of all sins, and the moment when you die and you go back to God. In those moments you’ll never feel more close to God.
“If you seek Jesus every single day, if you try to seek perfection, you’ll be close to it. You don’t have to be perfect; our goal in life is to try and reach those moments of perfection every single day, and when we do that we are so close to God that we can feel his breath.”
Throughout his presentations, Clark took to the guitar, displaying a vocal talent that once took him to Rome to perform for Pope John Paul II.
On Palm Sunday, the second day of the rally, Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore celebrated Mass with the youth in the “Little Theater” at the school.  
According to Polley, “A lot of work by the Diocesan Youth Council went into preparing for and presenting this year’s youth rally.  With the amount of time and work that was given by this group of young men and women, I was disappointed with the number or participants we had, especially after such a wonderful response to last November’s NCYC.  But over the years we have tried to not get too hung up on the numbers and we minister to the ones who are present.  
“With this in mind, Terry Clark did a wonderful job of sharing his story with the youth.  Between Terry, the breakout sessions, time with God in prayer, Adoration and Eucharist, along with an excitement that seemed to run deep within each participant, I feel that this year’s rally was a success.  
“Truly lives were touched and changed through the events of this weekend.”





 

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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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