Bergman's article on Galileo (#95) did not require 65 references.

The Pope gave Galileo authority to write a book comparing Copernicus and Ptolemy - the heliocentric and Ptolemaic systems. The book was supposed to be in dialogue form with Galileo neutral. Instead Galileo backed Copernicus. This threatened to cause a rift between the Pope and leading Catholic scholars who still accepted Ptolemy.

Nevertheless, the simple fact is the Catholic Church did not persecute Galileo. This we see plainly by:

  1. Galileo was a personal friend of the Pope;
  2. The Pope gave Galileo a villa to live in, to which the scholars of Europe had access.

Frank Russo


Published in the Investigator Magazine - May 2004 (Issue No. 96)

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