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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Communicating word of God is Oregon

priest's passion as calligrapher


By ED LANGLOIS
Catholic News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- In the morning cold of a farmhouse in the foothills of the Cascades, his hand is stiff as he grasps the broad-edged pen. His eyes have aged. But the 78-year-old priest and calligraphy master plans to write until he dies.
Father Robert Palladino, a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland, is as much evangelist as artist.
He melds Latin, English and Hebrew letters in ways that show the vitality and universality of Scriptures. He also writes the words of theologians and spiritual masters, usually short, memorable quotes people can live by. He has engraved the texts and notes of ancient chant, which he admires greatly. "I do things that inspire me in the hope that they may inspire someone else," said the priest, a former Trappist monk and a widower who was ordained a Portland parish priest in 1995.
Father Palladino is the grandson of an Italian stone mason who came to the U.S. and was recruited to work on St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Santa Fe, N.M., a building finished in 1886.
Young Robert, the last of eight children, grew up in Albuquerque, N.M., a half block from the Jesuit-run parish where his grandfather had built the school.
As a boy approaching adolescence, he would walk home from serving at Mass and pray. One day a thought hit him.
"There I was concerned about so many things and there is the Lord in his house," he recalled. "I decided I wanted to spend my life being closer to the Lord."
After graduating from high school in 1950, he entered the Trappists, who had a monastery north of Santa Fe on an old dude ranch. His hair was shaven and he wore a scratchy woolen hood. He and the other monks pulled rocks out of arid fields in an attempt to farm. One priest who came to join the monastery left after just half a day.
In his second year as a monk, he continued developing a long interest in handwriting. One Trappist, a former professor who knew calligraphy, began giving him lessons. The young monk soon had the task of writing certificates to thank donors and crafting nameplates and directive signs.
"In a silent monastery, signs do come in handy," Father Palladino told the Catholic Sentinel, newspaper of the Portland Archdiocese.
In 1955, the Trappists decided that their New Mexico land lacked what was needed for farming and headed to Oregon.
He was ordained in 1958. His superiors, noting his love of music, asked him to take over the choir, which sang Gregorian chant in Latin. Liturgical prayer, the main work of the monks, took place eight times a day.
By the mid-1960s, the Second Vatican Council brought changes to monastic life, including the replacement of Gregorian chant. Father Robert was devastated. Chant, for him, made the word of God memorable and alive.
"For me the important thing is always the text," he says. "Chant brings out the words better than any other music. It was the ideal liturgical music for me."
Other parts of Trappist life were changing and he felt he no longer fit.
About the same time, he was taking clarinet lessons to learn modern musical notation in an attempt to embrace the liturgical changes. His teacher was Catherine Halverson, principal clarinetist for the symphony in Portland.
In 1968, he left the Trappists after 18 years to marry Catherine. He was dispensed from monastic vows and celibacy by Pope Paul VI. The couple had a son in 1970.
Robert Palladino obtained a position at Portland's Reed College teaching calligraphy and ancient scripts.
Among his students were science majors, including a young Steve Jobs, who later co-founded Apple Computers and credits the calligraphy course for the typefaces Mac computers have.
In 1987, after a long illness, Catherine died. Five years later, after hearing about the need for priests, the widower went to Portland's archbishop, then-Archbishop William J. Levada, and offered his services.
The archbishop, now a cardinal and prefect of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation, welcomed him. Three years later, with papal approval, Robert became a parish priest in 1995, serving for 12 years.
He still helps on weekends and officiates at weddings. During the week, he works as a professional calligrapher, as he has for more than 40 years.
Currently, Father Palladino is completing a piece for a calligraphy show on a sequence of 15 psalms titled "A Song of Ascents."
As he writes, the chant tone and Latin words still ring in his head from 18 years in the monastery. His letters, he said, must give dimension to that sound, and even more, to that incomparable message.

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