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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Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

By Ann Schneible

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame.

“Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said Jan. 21 during his first weekly general audience since returning from his Jan. 12-19 tour of Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Speaking to the crowds gathered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father recalled his Jan 16. meeting with 1,000 families in Manila, one of the main events of his visit to the Philippines.

“It gives consolation and hope to see many large families who welcome children as a true gift of God,” he said.
Having heard it said that large families are among the causes of poverty, the Pope described this belief as “a simplistic opinion.”

“I can say, we can all say, that the principle cause of poverty is an economic system which has removed the person from the center, and has put in his place the money-god; an economic system that always excludes children, elderly, the unemployed, and creates the culture of waste in which we live.”

In off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis added: “We are accustomed to seeing rejected people. This is the principle reason for poverty – not large families.”

Reflecting on Saint Joseph, who was tasked to protect the “Santo Niño”, or Holy Child, the Pope reiterated the importance of protecting the family against the “new ideological colonization, which threatens its identity and mission.

“The cure for poverty is a fundamental element of our life and Christian witness: it involves the rejection if every form of corruption which robs the poor,” while demanding “a culture of honesty.”

Throughout his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis noted the “profound faith, religiosity and enthusiasm” of the Filipino people.

He recalled his meeting with victims of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and the accidental death of Catholic Relief Services Kristel Padasas during the Jan. 17 Mass in Tacloban.

The Pope lauded those who brought aid to people affected by the typhoon. “The power of God's love, revealed in the mystery of the Cross, was made evident in the spirit of solidarity demonstrated by the many acts of charity and sacrifice which marked those dark days,” he said.

The Holy Father then recalled his meeting with the Filipino youth, during which he sought to encourage them in their efforts to bring renewal to society, “especially through service to the poor, and safeguarding of the natural surroundings.”

Speaking on his trip to Sri Lanka, the first stop on his week-long journey, Pope Francis highlighted the two central events of the visit: the canonization of St. Joseph Vaz, and the visit to Our Lady of Madhu.

The Pope described St. Joseph Vaz as a “model for all Christians,” whose “example of holiness and love for the other continues to inspire the Church in Sri Lanka in his apostolate of charity and education.”

Citing the country's decades' long civil war, Pope Francis recalled the reoccurring theme of reconciliation, centering on his visit to the Marian shrine of Madhu. Located in the north of the country, the sanctuary is an important site of pilgrimage for people from different ethnic groups and religions.

“In this holy place we asked Mary our mother to obtain the gift of unity and peace for all the Sri Lankan people,” he said.

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