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Galileo’s reprieve.

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It was 20 years ago today, May 9, 1983 that Pope John Paul II officially reversed the church’s 1633 condemnation of Galileo, who had commited the high blasphemy of scientific inquiry. More specifically, Galileo proposed that the earth went around the sun rather than vice versa.

It sounds stupid now to an American with free speech and separated church/state functions, but Galileo had to officially renounce his scientific discoveries under threat of death.

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