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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Why care about the Synod in Rome?

By Deb OHara-Rusckowski
Catholic Womanhood

An “Extraordinary General Assembly Synod” focused on the family has convened in Rome. What does this mean? Why do Pope Francis and the bishops feel this is needed?

If you simply listen to popular media networks you might be lead to believe that “the Church is finally going to get their doctrines/teachings regarding abortion, contraceptives, family planning, and same-sex marriages in line with 2014!” However, that would be an inaccurate misunderstanding.  The Secretary of the Synod, Archbishop Bruno Forte, clearly stated “the doctrine of the Church is not up for discussion,” but rather we hope to improve the pastoral applications of church teachings.”

So, should this really concern the everyday layperson like you or I? Perhaps it would be easiest for the bishops to simply acquiesce to popular cultural sentiment toward family issues. After all, isn’t the Church being old-fashioned and out of touch with society while maintaining the countercultural thinking? Shouldn’t they consider “lightening up?”

The sad truth is that family practices have not been in line with Catholic teaching for quite some time. But so what? What harm has it caused? One need not look further than the newspaper to learn that the staggering divorce rates around the world include high percentages of Catholics. As George Weigel recently wrote, “Marriage is under assault throughout he world by the forces of moral confusion, misconstrued ‘tolerance’ and societal deconstruction.”

How could the Christian understanding of marriage get so lost? It has been taught for centuries that marriage is a covenant, not a contract, which unites a man and a woman together, for the two persons to become one. This new family unit springs forth the gift of new life--not a right, but a gift. This teaching seems to have been changed and twisted to accommodate people’s individual desires. The new teaching is that of moral relativism – whatever makes a person feel good and happy, and doesn’t appear to be hurting anyone else, is just fine. No right or wrong is spoken, lest you be judged as intolerant. Clearly, “tolerance” is only accepted one-way today.

Many causes could be cited for this change, but one is media. As beneficial and good as new technologies have been to medicine, agriculture, and industry, it has had irreprehensible harm to the moral landscape. Media now expands globally and into our own personal living rooms. We have all witnessed and experienced the power the media has over our lives. Our minds and decision-making abilities are heavily influenced on which way the societal norm winds are blowing. An example is the multibillion-dollar pornography industry -- images being flashed at us from many different venues day and night, without regard to “family times” if children may be present. A clear effort to normalize and desensitize what previously was outrageous.

Love and sacrifice remain the cornerstone of happy, healthy and holy lives. So, it’s understandable when the culture turns toward fulfilling their own happiness first ,before that of their spouse or children, families breakdown and get redefined.

So should we be surprised that the culture has grown secular and less sacred? Is there possibly a cause and effect link to the increase of unhappy marriages, domestic abuse, and violence in society? Dare I say, even an attempt to change the definition of marriage altogether from what God originally planned -- for a man and a woman to be united as one -- and be fruitful either with children or be accepting to embrace an unexpected spiritual fruitfulness? However, the latter takes a big leap of faith and trust.

Has this faith been taught and passed down to our children? The Atlantic reported that the Millennial Generation is the least religiously affiliated of any American generation. Possibly, to no fault of their own, poor formation and poor transmission of faith has resulted in today’s breakdown of family values.

Given all this, Pope Francis and the bishops have their work cut out for them. We can’t expect things to be corrected overnight, but the discussions need to begin. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will guide this synod and God will act quickly to untwist what we have twisted.

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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

 

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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

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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; 

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 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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