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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God is a God of surprises, Pope preaches

By ANN SCHNEIBLE

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2014 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News) - Speaking of the “God of surprises” in his homily at Mass on Monday, the Holy Father noted the unfortunate inability of the doctors of the law who encountered Christ to receive his message.

“Because these doctors of the law did not understand the signs of the times they asked for an extraordinary sign ((which) Jesus later gave them),” Pope Francis said Oct. 13 during his Mass said at the St. Martha guesthouse chapel in the Vatican. “Why did they not understand? First of all, because they were closed. They were closed in their system.”

“They had perfectly organized the law, a masterpiece. All of the Jews knew what one could do, what one could not do, how far they could go. Everything was organized. And they were safe there.”
The doctors of the law saw Christ's fraternization with sinners and publicans as strange and they considered him dangerous – they considered that the doctrine of the law was in danger.

While they had done this out of love and out of faithfulness to God, they had become closed, the Pope said, forgetting history.

“They forgot that God is the God of Law, but he is (also) the God of surprises.”

On the other hand, God reserved these “surprises” for his people, such as when he delivered them from slavery in Egypt.

“They did not understand that God is the God of surprises, that God is always new: he never contradicts himself, never says that what he had said was wrong, ever, but he always surprises us. And they did not understand, and closed themselves in this system created with the best of intentions.”

Pope Francis said, “they did not understand the many signs which Jesus did, and which demonstrated that the time was ripe. Closed! Second, they forgot that they were a people on a journey. On a journey! And when we set out on a journey, when we are on a path, we always discover new things, things which we did not know.”

The Pope added that the journey “is not absolute in itself (but rather it is) the path toward the definitive manifestation of the Lord.”

“Life is a journey toward the fulness of Jesus Christ,” when he comes again. This generation “searches for a sign,” but the Lord says the only sign that will be given will be the “sign of Jonah,” the "sign of the resurrection, of glory,” and the “eschatology toward which we are moving.”

These doctors were closed, not open to the God of surprises, Pope Francis said. "(They) understood neither the journey nor this eschatology.”

When Christ declared himself to be the Son of God before the Sanhedrin “they tore their robes,” scandalized by what they perceived was blasphemy.

“The sign which Jesus gave to them,” he continued, “was a blasphemy.” For this reason, Christ called them the evil generation.

They themselves “did not understand that the law which they protected and loved,” was a pedagogy towards Christ.

“If the law does not bring Jesus Christ,” he said, nor “bring us closer to him, it is dead.”

The Holy Father presented the following as food for thought: “I am attached to my things, my ideas” – does this mean I am “closed?” Or, he continued, “am I open to the God of surprises? Am I a person who stands still, or a person on a journey?”

“Do I believe that the story ends with Jesus Christ's death and resurrection?”

Or, the Pope offered, “do I believe that the journey moves forward toward maturity, toward the manifestation of God's glory? Am I capable of understanding the signs of the times and of being faithful to the Lord's voice which is made manifest in them?”

Pope Francis said that today we ought to ask these questions, and ask the Lord for a heart that loves the love, because the law is of God. However, he continued, we should ask for a heart “which also loves God's surprises, and the ability to understand that this law is not an end in and of itself.”

It is this journey, a pedagogy, “which leads us to Jesus Christ, to the definitive encounter where there will be this great sign of the Son of Man.”

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