“[…] There is, however, a serious limit in Fr. Staniloae’s thought. He was convinced that [this kind of] communitarian personalism is actually a special feature of the Romanian people as a representative of an unique fusion between Latinity and Orthodoxy. He also believed that within the Christian dogmas as a whole the Romanians have a special vocation to express balance, convergence and universality by going beyond the Greek speculativism or Slav mysticism, beyond East and West. Moreover, he believed that the Christian Romanian rural communities are the best example of this communitarian personalism avoiding both traditional Romanian peasant is also the only way out of its crisis for the western civilisation. These convictions are expressed in one of his last printed books: Reflections on the spirituality of the Romanian people (Craiova, 1992,161 p.).
Albeit this and other uncritical concessions to a certain ethnocentrism and antimodernism, which obviously contradict this otherwise open personalism and dialogism, it can be stated without any exaggeration that „Fr. D. Staniloae occupies a position in present-day Orthodoxy comparable to that of K. Barth in Protestantism or K. Rahner in Catholicism” (K. Ware).”
[Ioan I. ICA Jr., “Stăniloae, Dumitru” entry in The Dictionary of Historical Theology, Pater Noster Press]
=== see also the useful overview of M. Neamţu, Between the Gospel and the Nation. Dumitru Staniloae’s Ethno-Theology, in Archaeus X (2006) no.3, here.