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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50,000 die from opioids in one year

By DAVE MYERS

Southwest Kansas Catholic

If you think the opioid epidemic is bad now, it’s nothing compared to what is lurking around the corner.

“We have a flood coming our way,” substance abuse counselor Larry Black told teachers and principals gathered for the annual Diocesan Teachers Conference Aug. 16. “It’s not quite here yet, but it’s coming.”

Today, an estimated two million Americans are addicted to opioid painkillers, with an estimated 50,000 dying from opioids in one year alone.

“We see people on 60 to 80 pills a day,” Black said. “They build up a tolerance. Most start very innocently—normal people who maybe had a knee replacement. Most doctors really have the best interest of their patient at heart, but they’re busy. This doctor doesn’t want the patient to have to drive 60 or 70 miles to get their prescription filled, so they give them a month’s worth of pills.”

The problem is, the pills don’t only give relief to pain, but also to stress—stress from the workplace, the government, the typical anxieties of life. And when that month of pills is gone in a week, that’s when you see problems begin to arise. You see people turning to the black market. You see the criminal element giving supply to the demand.

“My son was the most grateful kid,” Black said. “There was a joy about him.”

Then, at 15, his behavior and attitude underwent a marked change.

“His grades went down. We would stay up with him to do his homework, but he wouldn’t turn it in. We took him to school to make sure he went in, and he’d go right out the back door.

“I think we were good parents,” Black explained. “We didn’t drink or smoke. We went to church.”

The teenager who had been so joyful brought people over “who were just plain mean. One boy later killed his father.”

Amid the trauma of everyday life, miracles do abound. Their son agreed to enter a treatment facility.

“The hardest thing to do is to get help,” Black said. “We were almost out of hope. Not only did our son learn how to live life without drugs, I learned to be a better dad. A counselor told us that you can’t focus your life on being right. I had to give up being right and focus on my relationship with my son.”

In other words, when his son got kicked out of his first facility for having been caught with a girl in his room, Black didn’t get angry. Empowered by his newfound advice, he instead joked with his son as they drove home at 3 a.m.: “She was good looking! I would have gotten kicked out for her, too!”

The most important result? “He smiled,” Black said of his troubled son.

It didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took two stints in the treatment center before Black’s son came to terms with his drug use.

“A lot of what happens in recovery is that people feel like they deserve to be punished more for what they’ve done. I ask them, ‘The person who loves you most, how much longer do they need you to suffer?’ I didn’t want my son to suffer one more day.

“Today, my son and I text each other every day to say I love you.”

So, who is the bad guy in all this?

“The biggest bad guys? The pharmaceutical industries,” Black explained. According to addictions.com, “An estimated 254 million opioid prescriptions were filled in 2010 alone, enough to medicate every adult in the U.S. for a month on a round-the-clock basis. In that same year, pharmaceutical companies generated revenues of $11 billion from opioid sales alone.”

The result has been that opioid addiction rates have skyrocketed.

As long as there is demand, there will be supply. The best thing we can do is to communicate loudly and with resolve the dangers of opioids, to call pharmaceutical companies on the carpet. Also, he urged the medical industry to train more physicians to prescribe opioid withdrawal programs, and to increase the availability of the narcotic blocker, Naxalone, for withdrawal.

“In-patient treatment is only the beginning,” Black said. “Each person should be given a recovery coach.

“No one seeks help until the consequence of using outweigh the benefits of not using. We need to endeavor to increase the beneffits of not using.”

For more information or to seek help, visit https://ckfaddictiontreatment.org/, or call (785) 825-6224.

 

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Feb. 24, 2019

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Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

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
Fossil Hunting

 

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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