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Was the myth of Galileo being tortured by the Catholic Church rooted in Protestant propaganda against the Pope?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There is not reliable evidence that Galileo was ever tortured.

    Neither the Scientific Community nor the Church had a problem with the heliocentric theory of Copernicus or Galileo that said that the sun was the center of the universe. It was when Galileo said it was fact without enough repeatable scientific evidence that he got into trouble.

    By the way, the heliocentric theory that claimed the sun was the center of the universe instead of the Earth, was also incorrect. The sun is the center of the solar system but not the universe.

    In 1741, Pope Benedict XIV granted an imprimatur (an official approval) to the first edition of the Complete Works of Galileo.

    “[Galileo] declared explicitly that the two truths, of faith and of science, can never contradict each other, 'Sacred Scripture and the natural world proceeding equally from the divine Word, the first as dictated by the Holy Spirit, the second as a very faithful executor of the commands of God', as he wrote in his letter to Father Benedetto Castelli on 21 December 1613. The Second Vatican Council says the same thing, even adopting similar language in its teaching: 'Methodical research, in all realms of knowledge, if it respects... moral norms, will never be genuinely opposed to faith: the reality of the world and of faith have their origin in the same God' (Gaudium et Spes, 36). Galileo sensed in his scientific research the presence of the Creator who, stirring in the depths of his spirit, stimulated him, anticipating and assisting his intuitions”: John Paul II, Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (10 November 1979): Insegnamenti, II, 2 (1979), 1111-1112. From the Vatican website: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/enc...

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    With love in Christ

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  • 1 decade ago

    You're right, Galileo wasn't "tortured" by the Roman Catholic Church, he was only threatened with torture. Galileo was forced to recant his theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun because the Roman Catholic Church taught that the Sun revolved around the Earth.

    It wasn't until 1993 that the Roman Catholic Church finally admitted that Galileo was right. In 2008 plans were approved to have a statue of Galileo created and placed in the Vatican.

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