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For those who believe in a Christian afterlife,?

When the former Pope apologized for the trial of Galileo, did that mean Galileo was freed from Hell and sent to Heaven? If so, does this sort of thing happen a lot?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Pope simply said sorry.

    Galileo's eternal disposition, heaven (hopefully) or hell, was not changed.

    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:

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    With love in Christ

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Pope only has the power of his church, his apology can only ease the heart of those affected by his actions.

    Only the living God knows who, how and when a soul will go to where He deems them worthy.

    Be Blessed:-)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Being freed from hell after a period of time only happens with the Catholic belief system which conflicts directly with what is stated in the bible. The Roman Cathholic church do many things like that - that is why I left that church.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Pope doesn't decide afterlife things, God does. So if the Pope messed up, that doesn't change what God has done. Pope was wrong.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You need to distinguish between Protestant and Catholic concepts of the afterlife.

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