“Hungry to rediscover the rich history and tradition of community life based on Catholic principles,” Mr. Ehlen began Building Catholic Communities as “an informal confederation of scholars, architects, religious and lay leaders” to study and advance such ideals.
The group’s initial effort is an ongoing series of lectures exploring the theory and practice Catholic Social Teaching together with concrete models of structuring Catholic communities. He desires “not only to continue research on these two topics, but also to begin to plan and build actual Catholic communities.”
The effort caused no small controversy when leftist agitants at the Southern Poverty Law Center intervened with the Catholic University of America to stop the lectures, which CUA had been hosting. (See “Catholic University Pulls Lectures Because of SPLC.”)
Mr. Ehlen’s views on doctrine can be gleaned from an article he authored on the website of the Catholic Citizens of Illinois. In it, he argued that, “in the latter half of the past century, devout Catholics throughout the world have been slowly and carefully taught a new faith different from what had been practiced for centuries.”