• Paul Ladouceur

    Adjunct Professor at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, University of Toronto

    Dr Paul Ladouceur teaches at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (University of Toronto) and at the Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, Université Laval (Quebec). His areas of research, teaching and writing are primarily Orthodox theology, ecclesiology, and spirituality since the eighteenth century. His edited books include French translations of writings of Saint Maria of Paris (Sainte Marie de Paris, Le Jour du Saint Esprit (Paris, Le Cerf, 2011), and of Fr Lev Gillet (Lev Gillet, Le Pasteur de nos âmes (Paris, YMCA Press/De Guibert, 2008.). His most recent book is Modern Orthodox Theology: Behold, I Make All Things New  (London: T&T Clark, 2019), and he co-edited, with Brandon Gallaher, The Patristic Witness of Georges Florovsky: Essential Theological Writings (London: T&T Clark, 2019; in Romanian, 2021). Dr. Ladouceur participates in the Canadian Council of Churches on behalf of the Canadian Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America and is Orthodox co-chair of the Orthodox-Pentecostal Academic Dialogue.

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Theology

A Forgotten Orthodox Woman Theologian

Four women were particularly prominent in Orthodox theological circles in Western Europe prior to World War II. Mother Maria (St Maria of Paris) (1891-1945) is well known, especially since her canonization 2004, for her devotion to assisting the poor in inter-war Paris and Jews during World War II, and her challenging articles on spiritual and...
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Religion and Conflict

Orthodoxy, Russia’s Manifest Destiny, and the Russia-Ukraine War

Русский Also available in Ukrainian (pdf) Several times Russian church and state leaders have been enraptured by the idea that the Russian people and its political expression have a special mission or “manifest destiny” to accomplish. Successive iterations of this “Russian idea” refle... Read more.
Theology

Father Pavel Florensky, Philia, and Same-Sex Love

български | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски No longer do I call you servants, but I have called you friends.-John 15:15 (RSV) Father Pavel Florensky (1882-1937) is one of modern Orthodoxy’s intellectual giants. The scope of his erudition was breathtaking, covering not onl... Read more.
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Christian Practice, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Some of My Best Friends Are Heretics

Ελληνικά | српски Orthodox pride themselves on belonging to the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” founded by Jesus Christ—and with good reason. Orthodox point to the loftiness of Orthodox theology, the beauty and solemnity of its liturgy, its mystical spirituality, t... Read more.
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Inter-Orthodox Relations

Dispatches from the Western Front

With all the attention devoted to the Eastern Front (the Ukraine) in the trench warfare between the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) and the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) for preeminence in Orthodoxy, the Western Front is largely ignored. The EP opened the Western Front on November 27, 2018, when it unexpect... Read more.
Theology, Women in the Church

Deaconesses and the Camel’s Nose

Opponents of women deacons in the Orthodox Church advance two principal arguments: the “natural and economical order of male and female”; and the conviction that women deacons will lead inexorably to a series of other unwanted changes in Orthodoxy. Advocates against the ordination of women to li... Read more.
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Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life

Can Orthodox Support Human Rights?

Patristic anthropology, the theology of the human person and human rights are intimately related. Recognition of the close relationships among these three areas is essential to the elaboration of a sound Orthodox theology concerning the nature and status of human existence in the face of secularism,... Read more.
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Uncategorized

On Ecumenoclasm: Who Can Be Saved?

Orthodox ecumenists and anti-ecumenists both start from the same fundamental ecclesiological principle, succinctly expressed in an anti-ecumenical statement of the Sacred Community of Mount Athos in April 1980: “We believe that our holy Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Chur... Read more.
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Holy and Great Council, Theology

Human Beings or Human Persons?

One of the liveliest exchanges at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in June 2016 concerned which Greek words should be used in Council documents to refer to humans: anthrōpos (“human being”); or anthrōpino prosōpo (or simply prosōpon) (“human person”). The main protagonis... Read more.