:: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 ::

Knowledge needs neither fathers nor priests

This story is like something straight from His Dark Materials.

The Pope has cancelled a visit to a Roman university because of protests about his views on Galileo.

"Pope Benedict was in charge of Roman Catholic doctrine in 1990 when, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he commented on the 17th-Century Galileo trial.

In the speech, he quoted Austrian-born philosopher Paul Feyerabend as saying the Church's verdict against Galileo had been "rational and just".

Galileo's inquisitors maintained the scriptures indicated the Earth was stationary.

Galileo, a devout Catholic, was forced to renounce his findings publicly.

Fifteen years ago Pope John Paul II officially conceded that in fact the Earth was not stationary."


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1 Comments:

The headline says it all.

By Blogger Renegade Eye, at 11:22 pm  

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