Galileo found "not guilty"
In 1992, the Vatican admitted erring for over 359 years in formally
condemning Galileo Galilei for entertaining scientific truths such as the Earth
revolves around the sun it, which the Roman Catholic Church long denounced as
anti-scriptural heresy. After 13 years of inquiry, the Pope's commission of
historic, scientific and theological scholars brought the pope a “not guilty”
finding for Galileo. Pope John Paul II himself met with the Pontifical Academy
of Sciences to help correct the record. In 1633, at age 69, Galileo was forced
by the Roman Inquisition to repent and spent the last eight years of his life
under house arrest. Galileo was a 17th century Italian mathematician, astronomer
and physicist remembered as one of history's greatest scientists.
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mistake : a new look at the epic confrontation between Galileo and the
church by Wade Rowland
Church and Galileo by Ernan McMullin