Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pope praises Galileo's astronomy


Pope Benedict XVI has paid tribute to 17th-Century astronomer Galileo Galilei, whose scientific theories once drew the wrath of the Catholic Church.  BBC NEWS

It has been nearly 400 years since the papal trial in which he was found vehemently suspect of heresy for his teaching of the heliocentric theory.  Galileo was then placed under house arrest and his movements restricted by Pope Urban VIII.

I am delighted that the current pope has seen fit to acknowledge the truth of Galileo’s observations and his accounts thereof.  But I can only wonder how many more years it will require for the Catholic Church and the other religions of the world to acknowledge that God is a myth.

"There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell."
"There is only our natural world."
"Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
Freedom From Religion Foundation


Beth Quist said...

Hooray! I wonder how long we need to wait for women to get empowered with the priesthood...and how long it will take until they recognize gays as just another state of being rather than a "sin". And how long it will take to do away with celibacy. Progress is soooooo slow in religions.

Snowbrush said...

I like rocks too, especially local (Oregon) rocks that I can actually see.

"My family has had crosses burned on our front lawn..."

Look at the bright side--they left your back lawn alone! Ha.

FFRF? Dan Barker and crowd. I actually knew Madelyn O'Hair. She liked my writing, and asked me to call her Grandma. I was non-resident editor when Robin ran the newsletter. I'm away from all that now though, because the hatred got to me. FFRF isn't so obnoxious as AA though, or at least they weren't.

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