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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The Four Pillars of Stewardship: ‘Formation’

Bishop Gilmore encourages catechists to be witnesses

By CHARLENE SCOTT MYERS
Special to the Register
Editor’s Note: This week the Register begins coverage leading to the November 17 “Stewardship Renewal Commitment Sunday” (see Page 3).  This issue is highlighting one of the Four Pillars of Stewardship, “Formation”. Here, Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore speaks to catechists about their (and, in effect, all of our) role in faith formation.

Catechists need not only teach, but should be witnesses to their faith in order to be effective as teachers of others, according to Bishop Emeritus Ronald M. Gilmore.
The bishop spoke Sept. 4 and Sept. 7 through the Interactive Television Network, connecting to several towns where catechists tuned in to hear and respond to what he and Coleen Stein, Coordinator of Catechist Formation, had to say.  (See the next issue of the Register for Stein’s story). Bishop John Brungardt greeted them and remained for the session.
“You will not be a good teacher unless you are first a good witness,” said Bishop Gilmore.  “The connection is just that simple and just that strict.”
“To ‘witness’ is to hand on something to someone, without adding anything of your own.  You see something happening, and you describe it to someone in the best words you can find.  Then you are a witness.” Witnessing happens at an automobile accident, at a baseball game, in a courtroom, among friends in a bar, even to a meteorologist in a TV station, Bishop Gilmore pointed out.
“In the end, witnessing is best learned from a witness.  We call such persons a father or a mother, a teacher or a coach, a mentor or a friend.  These are persons who have learned enough of the game or of the subject to pass it on to others.”
The first step in learning how to be a witness is to grasp “just how we are not doing it,” Bishop Gilmore added.  
“The great German writer, Goethe, who lived in the last half of the 18th century and the first third of the 19th, put it this way: ‘If you would learn to be just, you must first learn to be unjust.’  We have to learn what we are doing wrong, if we hope to learn how to do right.  Unless we recognize the bad habits we have picked up, we shall never replace them with the good habits of a real witness.”
Most people are chained by the “common sense of our time,” Bishop Gilmore said.
“There is a ‘spirit of the times’ at work in each era, and it inclines us to unreflective thinking about God, about the world, about man, and about right and wrong.  We breathe this in unconsciously, without even being aware of it.  And it tends to bind us, and it tends to blind us.  Hence, we parrot what we hear without thinking it through.”
Most people are “chained by our own upbringing,” said Bishop Gilmore.
For example, an individual can claim to be a staunch Catholic, yet if that person were reared in a home burdened by racial intolerance, that same individual could adopt racist tendencies, even while adhering themselves to the Catholic Church.  
That racism, the bishop said, “is a serious sin against the Creator, who made and loves [all people of all races], and against his commandment ‘to love neighbor as self.’”
That person, the bishop said, will “have to recognize what he is doing wrong before he can hope to do right.”  
Bishop Gilmore called on catechists — and all Catholics -- to pray more and read the Scriptures and Catechism of the Catholic Church.  
“Most of us are chained by our own ignorance of the faith,” he said.  “The Scriptures?  We never knew them very well to begin with, and have certainly not kept up with developing research, and have certainly not spent time with them.
“The Church?  We have very little familiarity with our Catholic Traditions, and we have a natural suspicion of the Magisterium, the Teaching Office of the Church.  
“We are bound by old images of God picked up as a child, by old images of heaven and hell, by old images of Jesus Christ, by old images of the Church, the Mass, the Ten Commandments.  We never really understand that the Church existed before the Bible, that it is her book, and in the end only she knows what it means.  The same Spirit who inspired the Bible guides the Church in her authentic interpretation of it.”

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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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