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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All You Need is Love

The secret to discipleship and raising children

By Dave Myers

Southwest Kansas Catholic

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”  — St. John Paul the Great

Being a parent of young children would be a lot easier if the job came with a survival manual.

Fortunately, one exists. Well, not a manual so much as a plan. A method. It’s called “discipleship,” a method first introduced by the Son of God, and then shared with participants at the annual Stewardship Conference in August.

When Janeé Bernal, Director of the Matrimony, Family Life and Natural Family Planning office, began her presentation, “How to be a Disciple While Parenting Young Children,” one of the first things the audience learned is that the married mother of three loves the Beatles.

Each “chapter” of her presentation was headed with a theme taken from a Beatles song.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

“Ahh, isn’t this a nice thought?” she said. “It made a great song back in 1968 by the Beatles.  Is this reality in the world we live in today?  Is discipleship really that easy?”

According to Pew research, parents spend a mere 20 minutes a day interacting with their children. This includes “Get your coat,” “Where are your shoes?” “Go brush your teeth,” and a host of other parental requests/demands.

“I thought, Only 20 minutes?!  That can’t be right,” Bernal said. “But then I really started paying attention to how we operated within my own family.  After working all day and running kids here, there, and everywhere, by the time we get home, make dinner, take baths, and do homework, then it’s time for bed!  Looking at our schedule, I believe that I, too, fell into the trap and only engaged in 20 minutes of meaningful conversation with my children.  I had to change that - so I started studying.”

She learned that she and her husband, Jesse, need to be a positive example for their three children. She learned that they need to deepen their faith life. To pray together.

“Pope Francis has urged mothers and fathers to remember the weight of their example in forming their children in faith, reminding them that whether praying or arguing, ‘your children are always watching you.’  How many times have my children seen their father and I argue?  How many times have I lost my patience and been completely at a loss in handling a situation at home?  Has this severely damaged the kids?

HELP!

“So, now I’m at the point where I know we need to pray together more as a family,” she said. “But surely there is more that I need to know about how to be a disciple while parenting my children.  I turned to our friend Pope Francis. At the World Meeting of Families in 2017, he held up the family as vital to building the church for the future. He said love must be freely shared for faith to grow.  ‘That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith,’ he said.  ‘Little gestures’ of love exist daily in the lives of family and serve to carry on God’s love as well, Pope Francis explained.  ‘These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family. They get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children. They are little signs of tenderness, affection and compassion,’ he said.”

“I was beginning to understand that our family needed to …

COME TOGETHER

“One way that we can witness to our children, no matter their age, is to work, play, talk, and pray together every day,” Bernal said.  “We must use those gifts God has given us to better our home and family.  When it comes to working, our family usually empties the dishwasher together or we pick up the living room together.  The children see that when we all work together it goes very quickly and sometimes it’s me standing there telling them exactly where to put something, but after doing these kind of jobs together everyday, our children are beginning to see that this is a way to serve God.

“After we do our ‘work’ then we take some time to play together.  It might just be putting on a silly Youtube video and having a 30 second dance party.  Or it could be playing a game all together.  The most important one, I believe, is talking together.  This is difficult because you want to have meaningful conversation with everyone.  Not just a ‘How was your day?’ ‘Fine’ type of conversation.  This has led me to figure out new ways to ask my children what is going on in their lives. 

WE CAN WORK IT OUT

“Sometimes the plates will fly,” Bernal said, quoting Pope Francis. But “after the storm has passed,” things have to be worked out as soon as possible, “with a word, a gesture,” so no one ends up “isolated in this bitter broth of our resentment.”

 

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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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