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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Happy Mother's Day

By David Myers
Southwest Kansas Register

Journey with me now as I pull open the drapes of time and together we peer through the window of the ages at “Great…ate…ate…ate Moms …oms… oms …oms Through … oo …oo … oo History … tory…tory…tory!”

We …ee …ee …ee (sorry) start with Jochebed (pronounced “Doris”), mother of Moses, who, soon after Moses was born asked her husband, Amram, to get her an ice cream, but who instead gave to her the rather depressing news that the Pharaoh wanted to kill all newborn boys. “I’d rather have ice cream,” she responded (Ex 2:20).

To save her son, she set him adrift in the River Nile in a reed basket. This way, she reasoned, he could avoid being killed while at the same time getting a nice tan. As little Moses sailed down the Nile, his sister, Miriam, watched from the side. To avoid suspicion, she was disguised as a crab.

 

Up ahead she spied the tender-hearted daughter of the Pharaoh, who, upon seeing Moses, picked him up, cradled him in her arms and said, “Ahhhhhhhh! It’s a widdle baby! Are you a widdle baby? Yeah! You’re a widdle baby! You sure are! Ooh da woo da woo!” (Ex 2:31)

Miriam returned home, gratefully removing the large shell and her pincher-shaped shoes. Jochebed praised God for her infant son’s good fortune. To make a long story short, Moses and his mother reunited some years later, and Moses went on to gain fame in the freeing-people-from-slavery business.

As we move up the Old Testament, we come to Samson – leader, hero of Israel, unrivaled in his skill with the jawbone of an ass. Despite his attributes, the writers of “Judges” neglected to include the name of Samson’s mom in the story. This woman, to whom an angel of the Lord saw fit to appear, was known only as the “wife of Manoah.” Did the angel appear to Manoah? Nope. Yet he gets top billing. Go figure.

Anyhow, the angel of the Lord appears to Samson’s mother (we’ll call her Sophie), telling her that although she is barren, she will give birth to a boy. Sophie responds, “You’ve got to be kidding.” (Judges 13:2) The angel stresses that he isn’t (Judges 13:3). He then tells her to avoid alcohol, fatty foods, and anything with a cartoon on the label.

“Oh, and don’t cut his hair,” the angel adds.

Now you’re kidding, right?” Sophie asks.

“Do I look like I’m kidding?” the angel responds as he ascends to heaven on a pillar of fire.

Samson grew tall and strong, eventually defeating an entire legion of Philistines by boinking them on the head with the afore-mentioned jawbone. Eventually, though, his hair grew so long that he resembled Cousin Itt, and decided he needed a trim. Unfortunately, his barber was a Philistine woman named Delilah who gave him a flat top, stealing away his strength, and worse yet, making him look silly. Flat-tops were so last century.

Samson was blinded and imprisoned, but eventually grew his hair back. He thus regained his strength just in time to repay the Philistines by bench pressing two load-bearing pillars and destroying their temple. Said Sophie when given the news, “That’s ma’ boy.”

Then there was Sarah, wife of Abraham, mother of Isaac, who said unto her husband one particularly trying morning, “Are you nuts? A voice from above tells you to kill our son, and you don’t think to question it? Did you even ask for ID?” To which Abraham, his head lowered, responded meekly, “I’d better get to the  gardening.”

“Ooooooh,” Sarah said, sounding ominous, “Dooo the diiiishessss! I comaaaaand you!”

And it’s here where we step out of the Old Testament and into the mid-1900s where a woman gave birth to a strange boy who couldn’t part his hair, much less the Red Sea; whose greatest challenge was not in fighting armies but in getting the rabbit ears just right on “Outer Limits” night; and who also had the jawbone of an ass, but which was unfortunately attached to his face.

And while there were times when she said unto God, “If you’re thinking of tempting me like you did Abraham, you won’t be disappointed,” such times were rare. More often than not, she stood by her timid child, telling him as he headed to school each morning to hold his head up high, that he was just as good as anybody else.

And while her words would be challenged again and again by low grades and highly motivated bullies, her voice would be there still, urging him to never give up, never lose heart. For there is One Love, she taught me, even greater than that of a mother for her child, a love through which we find our greatest value, that as sons and daughters of an all-loving God.

Thanks, Mom

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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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