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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Australia's proposed refugee ban is 'deliberately cruel' 

Canberra, Australia, Nov 9, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News) - The Australian government's proposed permanent ban on visas for refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived by boat drew strong criticism from a bishop who is a former refugee himself. 

“Seeking asylum even by boat is not illegal. It is a basic human right. Yet not content with demeaning them, the Australian government now wants to introduce laws that will ban them from ever coming here,” Bishop Vincent Long of Parramatta said.

The bishop is the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Delegate for Migrants and Refugees. He fled Vietnam by boat at a young age.

He spoke against the ban in a Nov. 7 statement on the media blog of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

For Bishop Long, the motives for the measures are “questionable at best and sinister at worst.”

He cited the situations on Manus Island, located in northern Papua New Guinea, and the island Micronesian country of Nauru, where about 1,800 people have been indefinitely detained. Australian authorities typically remove refugees who arrive at the mainland to these islands, in the name of offshore processing.

“Domestic advocates and international agencies have been appalled by the conditions under which asylum seekers live and the effects on their health, spirits and self-respect,” the bishop said. “To single out and punish further a small number of people who came by boat, even if they are found to meet the refugee definition is deliberately cruel and un-Australian. It betrays the tradition, status and character of the country that we are proud of – a richly resourced country with a big heart for migrants and refugees.”

The ban would be in effect for a lifetime, even if a refugee were to establish himself in another country and try to revisit Australia decades later.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke about the proposal Oct. 31 “the door to Australia is closed to those who seek to come here by boat with a people smuggler.”

“That absolutely unflinching, unequivocal message has to be loud and clear,” he told media.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop cited the need to discourage dangerous boat trips.

“I will never forget 1,200 people that we know of drowned at sea coming to Australia under these people smuggling networks,” she said, according to news.com.au. “We cannot have situations where people are drowning at sea.”

Critics of the ban say it may violate the international refugee convention.

Bishop Long urged Australians to reject the “cruel and unnecessary measures” of banning the refugees from applying for visas. He asked political leaders to “resist this latest mean-spirited move against asylum seekers and to reclaim the reputation of a decent, humane and generous country.”

“It is the kind of country that refugees like myself are indebted to and proud to call home,” he said.

“We must find a more just, humane and effective way in dealing with the complex issues of seeking asylum and refugee protection.”

On Manus Island, asylum seekers appear to suffer medical neglect, wasting and severe ill health, the Australian Medical Association has told a Senate inquiry.

While the association said the medical accounts it received could not be independently verified, it accused Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection authorities of failing to respond to its inquiries in a timely and comprehensive way, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Health workers had until recently been under legal sanctions that barred them from speaking about conditions on Manus Island. The medical association’s president Dr. Michael Gannon said there was an “inappropriate degree of secrecy” about the department’s attitude to asylum seeker patients, as well as “hyperbole from refugee advocates.”

“It’s actually very hard to get accurate clinical information,” Dr. Gannon said.

There are presently negotiations underway to resettle the refugees, possibly in Canada and the United States.

 

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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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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?

 

 

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 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

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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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