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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Salina’s Bishop Coakley installed

as archbishop of Oklahoma City

By DOUG WELLER
The Register

Edmond, Okla. — As chief teacher of the faithful, new Archbishop Paul Coakley wasted little time instructing his people.
In his homily after being installed Feb. 11 as the fourth archbishop of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Coakley urged them “to become agents of a new evangelization.”
“The call for a new evangelization is a challenge and an opportunity for the Church today to find effective ways of announcing Jesus Christ and making him known and loved at a moment in history and in the midst of a culture that no longer considers God relevant to its pursuits and concerns,” he said.
“The Word of God must be proclaimed to all the nations… . Jesus Christ is the good news, for which every human heart is searching, and we are its witnesses. But if we are to be credible witnesses, we ourselves have to be fully evangelized,” he said.
Archbishop Coakley’s installation took place before more than 1,200 people at St. John the Baptist Church, the largest Catholic church in metropolitan Oklahoma City. More than 30 archbishops and bishops attended, as well as more than 200 priests and deacons from the archdiocese and from the Salina and Wichita dioceses. Pope Benedict XVI’s representative to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, greeted those in attendance and read an English translation of the papal appointment.
Archbishop Coakley, the bishop of Salina for six years before his appointment was announced in mid-December, formally accepted the appointment and was greeted by a long round of applause.
Archbishop Sambi also challenged the faithful, as well as the new archbishop.
“What I say to you, your excellency, I say also to your priests, to your deacons, to your religious collaborators and to the faithful of the archdiocese: If the whole group of believers is united heart and soul as the first Christian community was in Jerusalem, there will be enthusiasm in the new evangelization of the archdiocese and hope in the discovery of more and solid vocations to priesthood and to consecrated life,” he said.
Retiring Oklahoma City Archbishop Eusebius Beltran also greeted the crowd and his successor.
“We rejoice in the most dynamic and meaningful way for us to celebrate your appointment and installation — through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist,” he said.
Archbishop Coakley will preside over an archdiocese that is half again as large as the Salina Diocese with more than twice the number of Catholics. He will oversee more than 110 priests and another 100 deacons serving in 67 parishes and 44 missions.
Archbishop Coakley used his homily to not only refer to the feast day of Feb. 11 — Our Lady of Lourdes — but to his episcopal motto, “Put out into the deep,” which was heavily referenced in the Gospel reading.
The appearances of Mary to a peasant girl in the French town of Lourdes more than 150 years ago “remain practically synonymous with miracles of conversion, with spiritual and even physical healings,” he said. “Lourdes even today remains a place of pilgrimage for millions of people who seek the Lord’s guidance, who seek a greater sense of God’s presence in their lives or recognize a need for healing in their lives, and they turn to Mary.”
Lourdes also was a place to which Archbishop Coakley himself turned.
“It was, in fact, a place very dear to me as a young man discerning my own vocation and a place to which I returned to thank our Lord and the Blessed Mother after 25 years of priestly ministry just a few years ago,” he said.
It also will be divine guidance, he added, that will help him in his new ministry in Oklahoma.
“Today, as I accept pastoral responsibility for the threefold office of teaching, governing and sanctifying the Church in this archdiocese as its chief shepherd, I draw courage from God’s faithfulness to his promises. I am very much aware of my own limitations, as well as the awesomeness of the mission that is being entrusted to me,” he said....
“We have to hear the Word of God anew in the depths of our own hearts and respond in faith. The Lord seeks our friendship; the Lord calls us to holiness; he calls us to become saints. Jesus Christ invites us to share his own life in the communion of the Church which he established to continue his saving mission on earth....”
Archbishop Coakley drew laughter when he directed his comments to the youth of his archdiocese.
“To you in particular I repeat Jesus’ words, ‘Do not be afraid.’ Do not be afraid to let Jesus into your life. Let Jesus ‘friend’ you,” he said, referring to Facebook and the method of connecting to others through that form of social media.
“His friendship is so much deeper and more faithful than others who may ‘friend’ and then ‘defriend’ you just as quickly. Jesus will never ‘defriend’ you,” he said, again prompting laughter.
And just as he focused on creating an atmosphere for vocations in the Salina Diocese, Archbishop Coakley urged youth considering a vocation to talk to priests, seminarians, deacons, consecrated men and women — even himself.
“I know the Lord is calling some of you who are here present in the church or who are listening or watching through the media to a special closeness to himself in the priesthood or the consecrated life. Do not be afraid to say yes to the Lord,” he said. “Seek guidance; seek counsel.”
To the remainder listening, he also urged them to hear God’s calling.
“The Lord, indeed, calls each and every one of us by name. He calls us to holiness, he calls us to communion and he calls us to mission, strengthened for the journey before us by the Eucharist which we now celebrate. Let us together put out into the deep,” he said.

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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

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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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