GALILEO NOT PERSECUTED BY POPE
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: