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.

Pope Francis has set out a synodal pathway for the Catholic Church of the future. The concept of a pope asking his flock to speak out is a novel one, and one that has encountered some resistance. The model of Church in recent times has been one of an institution with a deep suspicion of open discussion rather than a community where episcopal collegiality is encouraged. These tensions are explored in the Spring 2022 issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review.