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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Pope: the Gospel doesn’t oppress, but frees those enslaved to evil

By Elise Harris

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News) - In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis pointed to the authority with which Jesus preached, saying that his words in the Gospel aren’t aimed to limit, but rather liberate us from evil and worldly spirits.

“The Gospel is the word of life: it does not oppress people, (but) on the contrary it frees those who are enslaved by so many evil spirits in this world: vanity, the attachment to money, pride, sensuality,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square Feb. 1.

What the Gospel does, he said, is it “changes the heart, the Gospel changes the heart! It changes life; it transforms the inclination to evil to resolutions of good.”

Pope Francis centered his reflection on the day’s Gospel reading from Mark, in which those present in the synagogue were “amazed” at the authority with which Jesus preached, as well as his act of freeing a man possessed by an evil spirit.

One of the first things Jesus does after entering Capernaum with his disciples is go to the synagogue, the Pope observed, noting how Jesus was more concerned with communicating the word of God than with taking care of the logistical organization of his community.

“And the people in the synagogue are struck, because Jesus ‘taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes,’” the Pope noted, and asked what it means for someone to speak with authority.

To speak with authority the way that Jesus did “means that in the human word of Jesus the strength of the Word of God was felt, the same authoritativeness of God was felt, inspirer of the Holy Scripture,” he said.

One of the key characteristics of God’s word is that it accomplishes what it says, because the word of God corresponds to his will, the Roman Pontiff explained.

While we often pronounce “empty words, without roots or superfluous words, words that do not correspond with the truth,” the word of God always corresponds to the truth, and is united to whatever he says and does, the Pope noted.

Jesus proves his authority when immediately after preaching he frees a man possessed by an evil spirit, he said, observing that it was precisely Jesus’ divine authority that brought on Satan’s reaction.

For his part, Jesus “immediately recognizes the voice of evil and rebuked him and said, 'Quiet! Come out of him!’” the pontiff said, explaining that Jesus frees the man “with only the strength of His word.”

“The word of God astonishes us with that strength. It astonishes us well,” the Bishop of Rome said, noting that the Gospel doesn’t limit us, but rather frees us and has the capacity to change hearts.

It is therefore the “duty” of Christians to spread this redeeming power everywhere and to become true missionaries and preachers of God’s word, he said.

The day’s Gospel passage also closes with this missionary openness when it recounts how Jesus’ fame “spread everywhere” throughout Galilee, he noted, saying that this “new doctrine” taught by Jesus is what the Church brings to the world, along with the authoritative teaching of the Magisterium.

“Always remember that the Gospel has the power to change life! Do not forget this! That is the good news that transforms us only when we allow ourselves to be transformed by it,” the Pope said, and urged those present to read a passage of the Bible every day.

He then asked for the intercession of Mary in assisting all to be “assiduous listeners” of God’s Word, and led the faithful in the recitation of the traditional Marian prayer.

After praying the Angelus with the pilgrims gathered Pope Francis acknowledged how the same day Italy was celebrating the “Day for Life,” which had as its theme “Solidarity for life.”

“When we open ourselves to life and life is served, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness,” he said, noting that this openness to life “beginning a new humanism: the humanism of solidarity.”

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