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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Diocesan addiction counselor visits Russia, Poland

CLICK here to see photos from Hattie Stein's trip. 

Editor’s Note: The following, which highlights Hattie Stein's trip to Russia, is the first in a two-part series. Part II, to be published in the Feb. 8 issue, will include Stein’s trip to Poland, where she visited the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

 
Late in 2008, Wright resident Hattie Stein, an addictions counselor for Catholic Social Service’s Rural Family and Behavioral Services program, was one of 25 counselors from across the United States invited to tour treatment facilities in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Once in St. Petersburg (formerly, Leningrad) she found a nation of contradiction. Homes and offices painted all the colors of the rainbow stood in stark contrast to the cloudy, grey skies that blanketed the city more than 300 days per year. In a deep-rooted desire to appear self-sufficient, people dressed to the hilt, while many did not have enough food to feed their family. Professionals – physicians, teachers, business executives – would leave their day jobs only to drive a cab or tend bar at night, two or three jobs needed to supplement the average $250 per month pay.
“You will find two and three generations of family living in the same two-bedroom apartment,” Stein said, a result of significant growing pains which began when the country overthrew Communism in the late 1980s.

“They were used to having housing, health care, school, etc... and not having to worry about making the money to do it, because the government took care of them. Now, they have to get jobs, make money, pay for their own apartment, pay for their own health care -- except for drug and alcohol treatment, which the government fully funds.”
The road leading up to “Hope on a Hill” treatment facility might be indicative of the struggle the addicted face – rocky, slow-going, but ultimately arriving at a place of peace. Hope on a Hill is a private treatment center begun with American investors. Today it is funded by the Russian government, with the help of financial donations, some coming from as far away as Hollywood.
“One of first pictures we saw on the wall was of Father Joseph Martin, an icon of recovery and the 12-step program,” Stein said. Because the 12-step program – which Stein uses in her counseling -- is based on the belief “of a God of our understanding,” the Soviet Union did not allow it within their borders until after the fall of Communism.
“Hope on a Hill was a quaint little treatment center,” Stein said. “They can treat 12 patients at a time. Then we went to another treatment center which was state-owned. It was in a very old building and not nearly as well kept. Their sleeping mattresses would be equivalent to the mats you buy for exercise. There were 40 or 45 patients there.”
There are distinct differences in the way the two countries treat addicts.  In St. Petersburg, they treat drug addicts separate from alcoholics. Here they are combined. The drugs of choice in Russia are heroin, which flows freely from Afghanistan, and alcohol, Vodka being a staple in most Russian homes.
“In Russia, they ‘detox’ in their hospitals because heroin and alcohol both are high risk detox,” Stein explained. “Then they move them to the treatment center. Their treatment is anywhere from 35 to 90 days, which I think is really interesting. The Betty Ford Center and the newest research has shown that a 90-day treatment program is much more effective than 28 to 30 days. In the United States, the average is 30 days.  They’re just coming out of the fog by the time they’re released, which is sad.”
In Russia, Stein explained, “They are very adamant about not using medication in their treatment. Here, for heroin addiction, a lot of times they put them on methadone, which is a synthetic heroin. In my opinion, this makes no sense -- trading one drug for another. In Russia they feel the same way. I believe in medication to help in the initial stages of detox and the first few months of recovery but to continue a lifetime of dependency on methadone or equivalent makes no sense.”
It wasn’t all treatment centers for Stein and the other American counselors (who often called the Kansan “Dorothy,” Stein said with a chuckle). While in Russia they toured many historic structures, including Catherine’s Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, the former summer residence of the Russian Imperial family and a monument of the world’s architectural and gardening arts of the 18th and 19th centuries.  They also attended the Imperial Hermitage Theatre performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Ballet.
And there was a bit of foreign intrigue as well. The KGB, which was officially disbanded by Putin in 1995, is alive and well, Stein said. While the main goal of the organization, now called the FSB, is no longer is to defend the Communist party, suspicion abounds. A Marine turned minister who was along on the trip noticed that they were being followed.
“He said it’s obvious,” Stein explained. “When we went to a restaurant -- wherever we went – he said to be aware that there are these guys in suits and ties and they always have a black briefcase. And he was right. You look out the window and there would be one standing across the street. They have your itinerary, and you better be where you’re supposed to be on the days that are on your paper work, otherwise you’re hauled into the law enforcement and you stay there until the embassy can work out a deal to get you out and back to your own country.”
Stein’s invitation to Russia came in the form of a letter from NAADAC (Association for Addiction Professionals), of which she has been a member since she started in addiction counseling in 1985.
“I saw it as an international exchange of information,” Stein said. “Back in the 50s, Dwight D. Eisenhower started ‘People to People,’” which was responsible for organizing the entire trip. The organization hosts teachers, doctors, business people – all in an effort to share valuable information and insights with our overseas neighbors, and ultimately to build relationships on an international level.
“Eisenhower said that there will be more peace if it’s delegated ‘people to people’ than politically. His granddaughter is the president of People to People today.”
Upon leaving Russia for Poland where she spent an additional four days, Stein said she felt an incredible amount of pride. After Russia prohibited AA and the 12-step program for so many decades, the program, created in Akron, Ohio in 1935, is now being utilized at thousands of locations across the country, helping a multitude beat addiction.
“That was phenomenal,” Stein 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

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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