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The Truth About Galileo and the Church
Under threat of torture, Galileo – seen facing his inquisitors – recanted. The second point of the trial was whether or not Galileo violated Church law by publishing the book at all. So twice the Church said it was OK to publish the book, and so could hardly condemn Galileo from doing so. The Church then widely publicized their version of events, saying that the famous Italian scientist, Galileo, says the church and geocentrism are correct. But it is also true that the Catholic Church, despite its structure, was not monolithic – there were many orders and opinions within the Church, and the Church was not uniformly anti-science.
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