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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Baltimore archbishop: With God, a broken city can heal

By Kevin Jones

Baltimore, Md., Apr 29, 2015 / 02:43 am (CNA/EWTN News) - After both peaceful protests and violent riots following the death of an African American man in the custody of the Baltimore police, the local archbishop appealed to prayer and truth as means of healing and restoring human dignity.

“May we pray together that God will grace us with his presence always, so that our broken city can once again be made whole, and that our minds and our hearts will be open to peace and God’s love beyond all understanding,” Archbishop William E. Lori said in an April 28 video message.

“Today, many in our city are trying to come to grips with the aftermath of emotional and sometimes violent protests that threaten to overshadow two realities that cannot and should not be lost: a family’s devastating loss of a young man whose body was laid to rest Monday, and a grieving community’s peaceful quest for answers and for justice.”

Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, 25, died on April 19, one week after he sustained injuries while being transported following an arrest by Baltimore police. His injuries included a severed spinal cord and a crushed voicebox.

His funeral was on Monday.

“Our hearts cannot help but go out to the loved ones of Freddie Gray, whose pain and anguish we share,” Archbishop Lori said. “Freddie was not merely a symbol, but a real person whose life was tragically cut short.”

The archbishop said this pain will be endured by “far too many other Baltimore families” as long as “senseless violence and hatred continue.”

Hundreds of people have peacefully protested Gray’s death, and some protests have turned violent.

From Monday evening to Tuesday morning, Baltimore police arrested 235 people, while the fire department responded to 15 building fires and 144 vehicle fires, which critically injured one person. Twenty police officers were injured, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan activated the National Guard in response.

Many denounced the violence, including Gray’s family and President Barack Obama. Some residents worked to clean up after rioters.

Archbishop Lori and Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden on Tuesday morning visited churches and communities affected by the Monday night riots.

Sean Caine, executive communications director of the Baltimore archdiocese, told CNA April 28 that the two bishops met with pastors, community members cleaning up after riots, and people who were at work.

Caine said the archbishop wanted to see the destruction and meet with people “to convey concern and offer support.”

Several Catholic schools announced early closures due to protests scheduled nearby. All Catholic schools in Baltimore County have cancelled after-school activities.

Archbishop Lori said Gray’s death symbolizes the “rawest of open wounds” which can only be healed by the truth: the truth about what happened to Gray, the truth about “the sin of racism still present in our community” and the truth about the collective responsibility to deal with issues that undermine everyone’s human dignity.

Archbishop Lori called for prayer for the Gray family and for all families who have lost loved ones.

“May we unite in prayer for immediate and lasting healing, especially between members of our community and law enforcement, brought about by dialogue, mutual respect, understanding and love,” he continued.

He prayed that further protests will be peaceful, adding that violence “only deepens and prolongs injustice.”

The Archdiocese of Baltimore on its website listed opportunities to pray for peace at several Catholic churches, including a Tuesday evening Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. St. Bernardine Catholic Church planned to host a previously scheduled youth revival on Tuesday evening in conjunction with St. Frances Academy, the oldest Catholic school for African-Americans in the U.S.  An ecumenical prayer service was also scheduled at Broadneck Baptist Church.



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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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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

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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?

 

 

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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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