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posted by chromas on Tuesday February 12 2019, @03:41PM   Printer-friendly

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The truth about Galileo and his conflict with the Catholic Church

Today virtually every child grows up learning that the earth orbits the sun.

But four centuries ago, the idea of a heliocentric solar system was so controversial that the Catholic Church classified it as a heresy, and warned the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei to abandon it.

Many people believe that Galileo was hounded by the church for almost two decades, that he openly maintained a belief in heliocentrism, and that he was only spared torture and death because his powerful friends intervened on his behalf. But an examination of the fine details of Galileo’s conflict with church leaders doesn’t bear that out, according to English department distinguished research professor Henry Kelly.

In an article published this month in the journal “Church History,” Kelly clarifies some popularly held notions around Galileo’s travails with the church.

“We can only guess at what he really believed,” said Kelly, who for his research undertook a thorough examination of the judicial procedure used by the church in its investigation of Galileo. “Galileo was clearly stretching the truth when he maintained at his trial in 1633 that after 1616 he had never considered heliocentrism to be possible. Admitting otherwise would have increased the penance he was given, but would not have endangered his life, since he agreed to renounce the heresy — and in fact it would have spared him even the threat of torture.”

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Catholic Church’s investigation into Galileo.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Bot on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:09PM (4 children)

    by Bot (3902) on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:09PM (#800321) Journal

    >No bias there, no-siree.

    Jesuit? A Jesuit is to Catholic doctrine what systemd is to the unix toolbox.

    Let me cite two recent assertions by Jesuits:

    We are not sure about Christian doctrine about marriage and divorce because “at that time no one had a tape recorder to record his [Jesus'] words.” Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the Superior General.

    "... those who go to Mass every day and then live hating other people... it's better not to go to Mass" Pope Francis.

    Anyway AFAIK if you go to a Catholic school or are a teacher with such a background you are either a Jesuit or trained by them. And we are discussing history, not doctrine.

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  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:20PM (1 child)

    by Bot (3902) on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:20PM (#800331) Journal

    Oh I forgot the best one by Sosa: “We have formed symbolic figures such as the devil to express evil...".
    If the devil isn't a person then a person isn't a person either, it's a symbol for a lump of cells and more or less symbiotic bacteria. What makes the cells a person? the synergy and the unity. Does that not happen for evil? LOL as an atheist I would still believe in The devil as an abstraction. A symbol is not an abstraction. The mascotte is a SYMBOL for the team, the team is the abstraction for a bunch of players playing together.

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    • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:25PM

      by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:25PM (#800335) Journal

      Nothing says that a symbol cannot be real, either. Or that something objectively real does not also carry symbolic meaning. Though I take your point that something can be a symbol of that which is real without being actually real itself.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:22PM

    by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Tuesday February 12 2019, @09:22PM (#800333) Journal

    Almost. Jesuits have had both up-and-down periods in their relationship to the Roman Catholic Church. And, AFAIK, systemd has yet to be formally Suppressed within the Corpus Linuxum.

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  • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Wednesday February 13 2019, @04:26AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday February 13 2019, @04:26AM (#800490) Journal

    Pascal's Provincial Letters [] are full of Jesuit foibles, highly amusing in some cases, and used by William Jefferson Clinton to great effect. (Doctrine of "mental reservation".) But some []do not like them []. But on the other hand, the Jesuit order was formed to combat the even more batshit crazy Protestant Christians, like John Wycliffe, and Calvin (and Hobbes), and Luther, (not to mention Bob Jones, who I am not mentioning) using the tools of reason and logic, and by sending missionaries to distant places like China and Japan and the Kootenai nations, before Protestors could get there (see the movie "Black Robes []) and establishing a bunch of new Universities, including Georgetown. And I would be remiss not to point out that the current il Papa, Francis, is a Jesuit, the first ever Jesuit Pope, and the first non-female head of the Roman Catholic Church. OK, that last part is not true.