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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Bishop delivers homily at ‘Red Mass’ in Topeka

Governor Brownback, legislators, in attendance

The Most Rev. John B. Brungardt delivered the homily at the “Red Mass” Feb. 9 at St. Joseph Parish in Topeka. The Red Mass is celebrated as a way to invoke the Holy Spirit, in this case, the Holy Spirit’s guidance upon Governor Sam Brownback, legislators and other public servants, as they serve the common good of the State of Kansas. The event was sponsored by the Kansas Catholic Conference. The governor, legislators, and other community leaders attended the Mass. Following is Bishop Brungardt’s homily in its entirety:
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Welcome to all: Governor Brownback, legislators, judges, attorneys, staff, Kansas Catholic Conference, family, friends; welcome to this “Red Mass,” a votive Mass invoking the Holy Spirit’s protection and guidance upon those working in government and law.  I’m Bishop John Brungardt of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City; with me are Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Bishop Michael Jackels of the Diocese of Wichita, and Father Barry Brinkman of the Diocese of Salina (filling in for Bishop-elect Edward Weisenburger, named February 6th by Pope Benedict XVI as the new bishop of Salina).  Thank you all for your dedication to public office and public service in the great state of Kansas; we are blessed to have your commitment to improving the common good of our state.
As Catholic and Christians, we invoke, we call upon, the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, for guidance in our lives.  We marvel at the Pentecost event, as the apostles were “filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Each of us received the Spirit at our baptism:  “Through the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies, and sanctifies” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1226).  In the sacrament of confirmation, we were strengthened with the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the holy anointing to imitate Christ and to spread and defend the Catholic Faith.  Today we ask for this Loving Spirit’s strength and protection as we help the common good of the state of Kansas.  As Catholics, the Spirit will assist us, in our homes, parishes, and our professional lives, to spread and defend the faith given us by our Savior Jesus Christ.
Conscience What gifts do we ask from the Holy Spirit?  A key need for us is a well-formed conscience.  “Conscience is a judgment of reason by which the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act” (CCC #1796).  This judgment of reason cannot come in a vacuum.  We ask the Holy Spirit help us form our conscience.  How do we do this?  An example to start:
Jim is a morality professor at a Catholic institution of higher learning.  He tells the story of a neighbor, Bob, who was chatting with him on the front porch one evening.  
-- Bob said: “Jim, I think I am going to get a vasectomy!”  
-- Deacon Jim, being a good morality professor, responded: “Is that so.”
Bob – “Yeah, I read in People magazine, that my favorite actor, he got a vasectomy!”
Deacon Jim – “You don’t say.”
Bob – “You know, George, down the street, he got a vasectomy!”
Deacon Jim – Finally – “Bob, have you spoken to your wife about this?”
Bob – Silence.
Later that week, Bob returned to Jim and told him “Jim, I decided not to get a vasectomy.”
Jim gently pointed out to Bob that he was missing something very important in his conscience formation, his spouse, to whom God joined Bob in marriage, a man and a woman united under God until death.  To this couple, God gave the gifts of love, of fertility, and of openness to children.  Bob’s wife helped him judge the moral quality of his proposed act, and he found that a vasectomy was not of truth, that his favorite actor and George down the street had bought into a lie.
This example shows that, in addition to the Holy Spirit, we are “aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church” (CCC #1785).  A spouse is one key witness.  What other witnesses and authoritative teachings of the Church do you consult?  How do you form your conscience as governor, legislators, judges, leaders of government, and attorneys?  I can only guess at some: research reports, constituent consults, party platforms, party bosses (I don’t really know who/what they are!), polls, national leadership, etc.  Do we also spend time reading Church teaching from our popes or bishops?  Do we speak with our priests and pastors concerning the moral implications of the issues?  I think I speak for the other bishops of Kansas that we would be glad to speak with you about you conscience formation.
A key “consult” is with the Word of God.  “The Word of God is a light for our path.  We must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice.  This is how moral conscience is formed” (CCC #1802).  Let us be nourished by the Word of God in the Bible, in Sacred Scriptures, daily, to receive the wisdom of the Spirit.  Let us pray for His guidance.
HHS Mandate of January 20, 2012
A counter-example:  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on January 20 that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraception.  Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those so-called “services” in the health policies they write.  And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as part of their policies.
The Administration’s decision has been debated intensely these past weeks, and people of faith from across the political spectrum have asked, “How can the government require an act that is against my conscience?”  Our Catholic Church teaches that man “must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience.  Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters” (CCC #1782).  How have President Obama and Secretary Sebelius missed the first amendment to the Bill of Rights in forming their consciences?
We ask the Holy Spirit to guide our response to this affront to acting within our consciences, to this attack on our religious liberty on which this country was founded.  
Conclusion
May the “Spirit of truth” lead us.  May we form our consciences with the truth, with the Scripture, with prayer, with the guidance of the Spirit as we serve the public good of the State of Kansas.  Let us trust in our Loving God, and pray “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”

Editor’s Note: See Bishop Brungardt’s letter to the faithful regarding the contraception mandate on Page 1.

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Sept. 16, 2018

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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