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When Galileo was on trial for his blasphemous claim that the earth revolved around the sun, thus challenging one of the beliefs supported by the Church (Psalms 104:5), Cardinal Bellarmine was quoted as saying, "To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous a claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin." Naturally, it was not erroneous to assert that the earth revolves around the sun (we'll leave the other part of the argument alone for now, but one must wonder, if the claim decried as false in the first part is proven true, then what about the second half?).
The question is: The Catholic Church has had "doctrine" that it held for hundreds of years, based on scripture, that impeded the progress of science, and which has been proven to be false. Why, then, is it wrong to assume that the time will come that other doctrine will be proven to be wrong?
Side note: The history of the trial is fascinating, in a tragic and horrific way. Here is a site that tells the story, for history and science buffs.
"The trial of Galileo is fascinating both for what it reveals about the very different minds of two remarkable seventeenth-century figures and for what it tells us about the dangers of a bureaucracy intent on preserving its own power."
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
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