In the discussions about the merits of Rod Dreher's Benedict Option (or as it is apparently called in Newspeak, "BenOp" - something that is needlessly repeated, indicating a greater interest in jargon than truth) one consideration is conspicuously missing, the need to save one's own soul. Perhaps proving the validity of the very reasoning behind the Benedict Option, the arguments against it explain why living in an intentionally Catholic community is not desirable from a worldly point of view. Fair enough, but how can we build the world's next great universities, how can we convert others, if we have not even taken sufficient action to save our own souls?
If we are drowning in the secular world, we must first find a place of rest and recovery.
The life of the Church and the life of Christ will run in parallel. Just as there are times when Christ is preaching to the masses, He also takes time to isolate himself. So it can be in the Church.
This is completely non-controversial. Anyone critical of the Benedict Option has not made even a cursory reflection of the factors involved and is likely relying too heavily on the cues of the Satanic culture around him.
Salus animarum suprema lex.
Don't let anyone dissuade you from saving your own soul. If you must pursue the Benedict Option to do so, it is no longer optional.