1715 K Fri 26 April
In addressing the problem of liturgical abuse in the Catholic
Church training is important. As the 1998 Statement of Conclusions
Appropriate Liturgical Formation
46. So that the faithful may be sure to receive from their
priests an authentic and informed ministry and teaching, insistence
will continue to be placed upon the stipulation of the Council's
Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium (n. 16), that the
sacred Liturgy be regarded as one of the principal subjects in
major seminaries, a requirement that is the subject of further
guidelines offered by the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education's
Instruction, In ecclesiasticam (3 June 1979).
Such liturgical formation needs to be followed through in
all the different sections of the Catholic community and at the
various levels in a consistent and permanent fashion. ...
But trainers recognise there are other issues as well. An
example of this in a book "Skilling Australia: A Handbook
for Trainers and TAFE Teachers", by Laurie Field (ISBN 0
582 66275 3, published in 1990). He wrote on page 127:
... Bear in mind, though, that getting learners to continue
to apply and build on what you have shown them is more than simply
an educational challenge. The failure of learners to transfer
what they have learnt in training back to their job environment
can be related to a range of factors, including:
- the efficiency of workplace technology;
- inbuilt rewards for taking short cuts in relation to safety;
- excessive work pressures;
- a poor work environment generally;
- inadequate supervision;
- too much conflict in the organisation;
- insufficient rewards for skill development;
- conflicting job descriptions;
- the absence of a feedback mechanism that draws attention
If the training that you provide fails to produce results,
it may be necessary to investigate broader problems such as these.
Hopefully improvements in training and these other areas will
lead to the purification in the Catholic Church in the areas
of sexual abuse and liturgical abuses.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 26 April 2002.