Galileo, who died in 1642, was condemned by the Vatican for saying the Earth revolved around the Sun. Church teaching at the time held that the Earth was the center of the universe. In the early 1990s, Pope John Paul II rehabilitated him, saying the church had erred.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here is a nuanced, informed version of the Galileo "affair" in an article about finding some of the remains of his body.