I wonder if there are a lot of Fr. Z. groupies who are also Westians. Because of the whole "Reclaim the body for the New Evangelization" and the "Save the liturgy, save the world" thing. There probably is not. I guess it's just that idolatry extends across the entire spectrum these days, doesn't it?
I know what is meant by "Save the liturgy, save the world". I agree with it, albeit with a great deal of wariness; for clearly it is not immune to the perennial errors of gnosticism so implicit in the phrase. The errors are not in the phrase per se; but when you consider the perennial inclination of the heart to gnosticism, those errors threaten the words. Indeed, something that is bound to the Eucharist should kind of make one all the more cautious in that regard.
Heck, maybe a lot of the Liturgists from the good old 70's were saying to themselves, "Save the liturgy, save the world." Oh, but you're Neo from The Matrix and you swallowed the right pill, so you're not going to do anything so bad in the major arteries of life as that 70's Liturgist, are you? No, you're not.
Of course, gratitude for knowing proper liturgy is a healthy antidote. But we are ever prone to reducing salvation history - meaning that of our own time - to a nifty code. Restore grammar and everything else will follow suit. Reclaim the body for the new evangelization, and the body-worshipping New-Pagans will convert. Save the liturgy, save the world. And if you can make a few bucks from selling paraphernalia along with it, why not?
I'm interested to know, of the number of people who were formed in some way by a cult and came to be disillusioned, how many of that number went on to form a cult of their own, or joined another cult, or bought into something cultish.
Being formed in some way by a cult must be something extraordinarily difficult (diffi-cult?) to uproot from one's own heart. It's not the brainwashing that's the most dangerous part of a cult; it's what the cult does to the heart.
Because everybody wants to have their Truman Show Catharsis. It can be intoxicating to come to know the lie you have been living. Lots of people like to live this catharsis via their parents, whether real or not, via their teachers, via the economy . In fact, it seems the whole world wants its Truman Show Catharsis, on every level. Like Libertarians congratulating themselves for holding the notion of de-centralization.
Many do not want to understand what the lie is that they have been living under to its truest extent, for that would entail the difficulty of what's been assimilated by the heart, back and forth. They want the Truman Show Catharsis right now, and they want it to go on in perpetuity. Of course, that is when it starts to get highly ironic.
That's the deadly thing about a cult. You have your Truman Show Catharsis and then go on to perpetuate what the cult printed in your secret heart; it's just that you do so under a different modus operandi. Or rather, it is your heart under the same modus operandi, except that instead of being the receiver of the lies and manipulation, you are now the one perpetuating them - under a different species.
If you grew up, say, in the Mother of God community, as Christopher West did, and with the vanity provided by newspapers, came to your disillusionment, and on the very intoxication of that Truman Show Catharsis, went on to formulate a theological antithesis from it, which in turn bolstered your Truman Show Catharsis, which also generated millions of dollars - I mean, that's one delusion that's not going to be going away any time soon, is it?
Didn't think so. Especially not when the cult has formed for you an enemy to fight and provided you with the method by which it is fought.
You take that cult-programming pancake and flip it over from repression to indulgence.