:tsktsk::tsktsk: It is not a retreat. Right?
By definition a cult deals in mind control.
Studies have identified a number of key steps in coercive persuasion:
People are put in physical or emotionally distressing situations; Lack of sleep, anyone?
Their problems are reduced to one simple explanation, which is repeatedly emphasized;
They receive what seems to be unconditional love, acceptance, and attention from a charismatic leader or group; Also known as love bombing; receiving gifts
They get a new identity based on the group; Using Spanish terms in the US
They are subject to entrapment (isolation from friends, relatives and the mainstream culture) and their access to information is severely controlled Do they or don't they cut you off from everyone? Take your phone and watch and drive you to the weekend? I know you can't answer that question because you are sworn to secrecy..
Are you saying that all the people that have done this retreat and have grown closer to God through it is the work of a cult? I find this very sad… As I’ve told you I’ve met more than one person who has told me Cursillo made a deep impact on them. They are not all still in the movement but they have nothing but good things to say about it and are very faithful Catholics.
I am not the first person to question this group. I have met both kinds of people. Some had a great time and claim to have grown in their faith. There are others that felt they were held prisoner and couldn’t leave without creating a scene. Some that found out when they returned that their homes had been decorated as a welcome home, even though they themselves had an awful time.
I don’t really understand people that bash certain forms of spirituality over others :shrug: as long as it’s not heretical and it’s making people grow closer to God and his church , I don’t see the problem. I just see it as trying to fit everyone into one mold and that mold is the only way to deepen your relationship with Christ.
Christianity shouldn’t be done in secret. It is really that simple.
I hope you really think about what you wrote and at least acknowledge that while it might not suit you it has value in our Church and has produced good fruit.
As long as you are willing to acknowledge that it has also produced rotten fruit.
Again, I am really just trying to find out, if someone goes on one of these weekends…
are your keys, cell phone and watch taken from you or are you asked to give these up?
are sessions scheduled in such a way that you are up early in the morning and you don’t go to bed until late?
are you subjected to “love bombing” and gifts?