The Orthodox theologian and historian Olivier
CLÉMENT died in Paris on the evening of January
15, at the age of 87 years. Olivier Clement was
one of the most significant witness of Orthodoxy
in the West in the second half of the twentieth century.
Among the contemporary Orthodox theologians,
Olivier Clement was the one who, without doubt,
has to be more attentive to questions of
modernity which he sought to address through a
powerful and poetic reflection, both rooted in
the Tradition the Church, but at the same time creating and renewing.
Olivier Clement was the interlocutor of several
major spiritual his time - the Patriarch
Athenagoras, Pope John Paul II, the priest and
theologian Romanian Dumitru Staniloae, Brother
Roger of Taizé - with whom he will build
relationships of trust and friendship.
Thus, in 1998, he had been given by John Paul
II writing meditations that Pope had read this
year's celebration of the cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum.
. Olivier Clement leaves a vast work, including
some thirty works of theology, history of church
and spirituality as well as numerous articles,
published in the journal including Contacts,
which he led the drafting since 1959. Alongside
his teaching activity, Olivier Clement was
particularly involved in the life and witness of
the Orthodox Church in France. Consultant of the
Inter Orthodox Bishops of France from 1967 to
1997, he was a member of the joint Catholic
Orthodox theological dialogue and bilateral meetings orthodox Protestants.
Olivier Clement has also inspired the work of
the Orthodox Brotherhood in Western Europe since
its founding in the early 1960s and has
participated actively in various conferences
Orthodox Western Europe since 1971, allowing all
three years of the Orthodox from the four corners
of the continent to meet to pray and reflect
together. His role was often crucial in the
course of many young and old, Orthodox or not,
who have found meaning in their lives through the
words of Olivier Clement, when he gave lectures
during these gatherings, or elsewhere in the
context of ecumenical meetings, symposiums, interviews.