• 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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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

On Ecumenoclasm: Salvation for Non-Christians?

Early Christian thinking on non-Christian religions was conditioned by the official paganism of the Roman Empire, Greek philosophy, Christianity’s relationships with Judaism and flourishing mystery cults. Later, Orthodoxy had extensive historical experience, often but not entirely negative, as a r... Read more.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Liturgical Life

On Ecumenoclasm: Let Us Pray?

Orthodox opponents to ecumenism are highly critical of Orthodox participation in prayer and other services in common with non-Orthodox Christians. This opposition is usually based on ancient canons forbidding prayer with “heretics and schismatics.” Among frequently cited canons are Apostolic Can... Read more.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

On Ecumenoclasm: Who Is a Heretic?

One of the preferred weapons of Orthodox opponents of ecumenism is to call ecumenism a heresy and to refer to non-Orthodox, and indeed often Orthodox who support ecumenism, as heretics. Examples abound, for example in documents emanating from the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia (ROCOR) and... Read more.
Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

On Ecumenoclasm: What Is Church?

On April 22, 2016, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church issued a decision containing its objections to the draft document of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church on “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.” The Holy Synod of the Orthodox C... Read more.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Holy and Great Council

Response to the Pre-Conciliar Document on Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. We have joyfully received the text of the Pre-Conciliar document on Relations of the Orthodox Church... Read more.
Liturgical Life, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Modern Challenges to Traditional Orthodox Perspectives on Marriage

This essay was originally delivered as a public talk at the June 2015 Fordham/OTSA conference on the upcoming Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church. It was part of a panel on canonical impediments to marriage. It will no doubt be useful for the Council to focus on harmonizing canonical imped... Read more.