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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Book highlights Larned doctor

who survived Bataan death march

Editor’s Note: Dr. William Brenner and his wife, Carlotta, recently attended the centennial anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish in Larned.

BY KATIE OWSTON
Before Bill Brenner left to serve in World War II, his wife Josephine promised to write to him twice a week. When 63 of those letters were returned unopened, she didn’t know if her husband was dead or alive, but she kept on writing.
She eventually learned that Bill, a physician, had been among those captured by the Japanese shortly after his unit arrived in the Philippines. After surviving the 60-mile Bataan Death March and time in three Japanese death camps, Bill returned home to his wife and son at the end of the war, four years after he had left.

When Linda (Fox) McCaffery, who received her master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1976, contacted him to see if he would share his experiences through an oral history project she was working on, he politely declined.
A year later however, McCaffery, a history instructor at Barton Community College in Great Bend, received a phone call from Brenner, who lived in the nearby town of Larned, saying he had changed his mind.
After McCaffery and Brenner’s initial meeting, Brenner brought his wife along for the second. As he recounted his experiences, his wife began to cry.
“Bill never told Josephine what he saw and went through during the war,” said McCaffery. “Many of the things he was telling me, she was hearing for the very first time.”
During that meeting, McCaffery learned about Josephine’s returned letters, sitting in a shoe box unopened, because Bill had decided they’d be too painful to read.
“While discussing the letters, Bill suggested we share not just his story but the hardships his wife endured as well,” said McCaffery. “First we thought of putting on a program, then we considered writing an article and eventually, we decided it was best to write a book.”
“I’m Praying Hard for You - Love Letters to a Death Camp: The World War II Ordeal of Bill and Jo Brenner” (pictured above) is a combination of Josephine’s letters and Bill’s words. The book, which took McCaffery three years to research and write, tells the story of how the couple’s love for one another helped them never give up hope, even in the worst of circumstances.
Sadly, Josephine passed away in 2001 before the book was published.
McCaffery and Brenner hope to commission a bronze statue with the proceeds from the book’s sales. The statue will be of a soldier returning from war, with a woman and child running toward him, and it’ll be dedicated to all who served and all who waited.

 

For purchase information, call (620) 282-0607 or (620) 792-9251, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The book is $22.50 with $4.50 shipping.
Katie Owston is a senior studying  journalism at the University of Northern Colorado.


The Bataan Death March

In 1942, the Imperial Japanese Army forcibly marched some 60,000 Filipino and 15,000 American prisoners of war 60 miles across the Bataan Peninsula to Camp O’Donnel, following the surrender of American forces after the Battle of Bataan.
Somewhere between 2,500 – 10,000 Filipino and 300 – 650 American prisoners of war died along the journey due almost entirely to the barbarism of the enemy soldiers.
On the march was Dr. William Brenner, who witnessed even more unspeakable destruction when he came through Nagasaki, Japan following the dropping of the atomic bomb.
Dr. Brenner was born in McCracken in 1915. He and Josephine, who died in 2001, had six children. He later married Carlotta Chacon. The two reside in Larned, where William continues to serve Sacred Heart Parish by leading the rosary. Carlotta serves as Eucharistic Minister, visits the elderly and helps with funeral dinners, among her other volunteer activities.

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Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

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Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

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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