Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp.

Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp.

Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and the Theology of World Church
Moral Theology/Christian Ethics
World Religions and World Church


S.T.B., Urban University Rome/Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Nigeria, 1984

Th.M., University of St Michael's College/University of Toronto, 1989

S.T.L., Regis College, Toronto, 1990

Th.D., University of Toronto/Toronto School of Theology, 1993

S.T.D., Regis College, Toronto, 1994

Research and Teaching Interests

Odozor's scholarly interests are in Foundational issues in moral theology/Christian ethics; history of moral theology; contextual theological issues, including questions pertaining to inculturation; theology and society; African Christian theology; and the theology of marriage. His major publications include: Moral Theology in An age of Renewal: A study of the Catholic Tradition since Vatican II (Notre Dame Press, 2003); Sexuality, Marriage and Family: Readings in the Catholic Tradition (Notre Dame Press, 2001), editor; Africa: Towards Priorities of Mission (Enugu: SIST Publications, 2000), edited with Elochukwu Uzukwu; and Richard McCormick and the Renewal of Moral Theology (Notre Dame Press, 1995). His articles have appeared in journals in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Odozor is currently working on a book that will explore the question of morality and tradition from an African Christian theological perspective.

Before coming to Notre Dame in 1999, Fr. Odozor held numerous academic, administrative, and pastoral positions in Nigeria and Canada. He is currently president of the Governing Council of Spiritan International School of Theology in Enugu, Nigeria.

Recent Publications


Morality: Truly Christian, Truly African (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014).

Moral Theology In An Age of Renewal: A study of the Catholic Moral Tradition Since Vatican II (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003).

Book, editor: Sexuality, Marriage and Family: Readings in the Catholic Tradition (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2001.

Book, editor, with Elochukwu E. Uzukwu: Africa: Towards Priorities of Mission (Enugu: SIST Publications, 2000).

Richard A. McCormick and the Renewal of Moral Theology. Notre Dame (Notre Dame University Press, 1995.)


”Africa and the challenge of ‘Foreign’ religious/ethical ‘ideologies’, ‘viruses’ and ‘pathologies’” in Reconciliation, Justice and Peace: The Second African Synod, ed., Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis books, 2011), p.214-225

Truly Africa, and Wealthy!: What Africa can Learn from Catholic Social Teaching about Sustainable Economic Prosperity ” in The true Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life, edited by Daniel  Finn (Oxford University Press, 2010), pp.267-288.

“The Church in Africa: What is the Spirit Asking?” Spiritan (Spring 2010), vol.34.1, p.16-18

“The Second Synod of Bishops for Africa: A Review of Some of the Major Points Discussed,” Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology, vol.22 (2010), p.87-107

Caritas in Veritate and the Ethics and Economics of Gratuitousness: A Reflection on the American Situation by an African ‘Alien’ resident in the United States of America,” ( Forthcoming in a book on “caritas in Veritate and the United States, edited by  Daniel Finn, Oxford, 2011).

“African Catholics in the United States: Gifts and Challenges,” in Uncommon Faithfulness: The Witness of African American Catholics, ed. Shawn Copeland et al (Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis books, 2009), pp.195-204

God, Nigeria, and the Church: A Theological Essay on the Church and Politics in Nigeria.”  Encounter: Journal of African Life and Religion (Rome), vol 8 (2008), pp.40-58

An African Moral Theology of Inculturation: Methodological Considerations.” Theological Studies vol. 69, no.3 (September 2008), pp.583-609

“Liturgy and Life: A Discussion from an African Christian Theological Perspective,” Worship, vol.82, no.5 (September 2008), pp.413-433.

Africa’s double-edged Inheritance” The Tablet (5 July, 2008), pp14-15

“Healthy Vision for Africa,” The Tablet (26 July, 2008), p.25 (This is an essay on the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae)


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