The Catholic church, Galileo, science and 350 years to apologize

When did you learn that the earth revolved around the sun.  For most people, it is when they are 10 years old.

The Catholic church learned, and admitted it, when they were 1992 years old.

Yep, in 1992.

You can read the full story about Galileo and the Catholic church in Wikipedia, but the summary is that the Catholic church imprisoned Galileo in 1633, and kept him in prison until his death in 1642.

His crime: heresy, promoting the concept that the earth revolved around the sun.

The Catholic Church finally accepted blame and forgave Galileo in 1992, about 350 years later.  The New York Times writes about Pope John Paul II and Galileo and they mention that it was done after a 13 year investigation.

Conclusions about the Catholic church:

  • they refuse to understand or accept science, even after everyone else does, if it conflicts with church teachings
  • they will refuse to accept blame, until 350 years after the rest of the world knows they are at fault
  • even then, the apology was as lame as an apology can be

 

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