Welcome to Studies

Studies is a quarterly journal published by Messenger Publications, the publishing organisation of the Irish Jesuits.  Founded and in continuous publication since 1912, it examines Irish social, political, cultural and economic issues in the light of Christian values and explores the Irish dimension in literature, history, philosophy and religion.

We need to clear space in the public square of discourse to allow for active listening and constructive dialogue between different worldviews to take place. Vatican II sought to bring Christ’s lumen gentium, the ‘light of nations’ to people following the horrors of two world wars; today, the Church’s mission in these equally dark times stays the same. And as we observe a growing divide between traditionalist and progressive viewpoints on doctrinal matters, we must learn to assess the assumptions and values that shape respective insights and judgements about the world to allow for the dignity, equality and freedom of all of humankind to flourish. The winter issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review gives the floor to eleven writers with thoughts on these and related matters.