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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Caritas leader: 'The whole Middle East is at stake'

by Elise Harris

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2014 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News) - The secretary-general for Caritas International has voiced his concern over the lack of aid being provided to those suffering from conflicts, urging the faithful to get involved and break the “cycle of indifference.”

“It’s difficult to raise funds for the whole Middle East. For Syria there’s a lot to be done inside and outside with refugees, what is happening right now with Israel and Palestine again, will have consequences where we will have to intervene as well,” Michel Roy told CNA July 11.

“So the whole Middle East is at stake right now, and there are people dying of hunger, or malnourished among the people in Syria that are not reachable by the humanitarian organizations.”


“This is tragic for all to see that the world is not able to help those people, those nations come to an end with their conflicts,” he lamented.

Stationed in Rome, Roy is secretary-general for the international aid organization Caritas, which has correspondents in various countries around the world, including many in the Middle East.

Referring to the climbing number of displaced persons and refugees around the world due to ongoing violence in Middle Eastern countries, the charity leader stated that biggest challenge they face “is the availability of resources to come and help.”

The situation in Iraq “remains dire,” he explained, noting that although “ISIS has probably conquered what they want to conquer so things have quieted down,” the “reality of those territories remains dire, because they are not accessible” to aid.

“Most of the communities have gone away” and taken refuge in more secure cities in the Kurdish area, “so what tomorrow will be like is difficult to say.”

“Politically there is no solution, militarily people are so insecure of their future that they don’t dare go back, so the problem is with how to come and help those who have taken refuge in neighboring provinces.”

This help is increasingly difficult to give considering the “hundreds of thousands” in need, Roy observed, because you are “Providing food and water and shelter,” but “multiplied by a big number.”

“This was not planned, nobody thought that this would happen,” he continued, explaining that “At the U.N. level the monies available are quite insufficient globally for this new crisis. Globally there is a complete lack of funding for most crisis.”

Referring to the 4 million Syrians who have fled to neighboring countries for refuge, with 2 million in Lebanon alone, the charity leader stated that he is faced with questions such as “Can we go on with 2 million Syrians” in Lebanon in addition to their own 4 million, and “is Lebanon going to be taken into this war more than it is now?”

He also drew attention to increasing tensions between Israel and Palestine, stating that “What is happening in Gaza and Israel right now is horrible.”

“We should not come to that situation, and we don’t know when it’s going to end, but it’s going to be a lot of people killed and distressed.”

Speaking of the Vatican campaign “PAUSEforPeace” launched by the Pontifical Council for Culture July 10 that advocates a moment of silence for those affected by war during Sunday’s final game of the World Cup, Roy voiced that “This is a very good initiative.”

“Faith leaders have to come in and let their voice be heard, because they bring the way forward. We know that war will not be solved by violence and war, it will be solved by dialogue and negotiations that bring peace.”

Referring to Pope Francis’ frequent call for solidarity with those who suffer, Roy explained that “We have to engage, we cannot be indifferent. Pope Francis is calling us to break this cycle of indifference.”

“We live a nice life in many places, but we must not forget what is happening around,” he said.

“There are brothers and sisters we must take care of through various ways; prayer, material support and political engagement so that solutions can be found.”

 

 

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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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