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Pope Francis Repeats Church’s Error Concerning Galileo

Wait a minute! How could the Pope be repeating the church’s error concerning Galileo? The news media is celebrating an end to the conflict between the Catholic Church and the advancement of science. At a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican Pope Francis affirmed his belief that the theories of the “big bang” and evolution are compatible with Catholic teaching. Supposedly, the church conflicted with science in 1633 when it forced Galileo to recant of his agreement with Copernicus that the Earth revolves around the Sun. The popular notion is that the church suppressed scientific knowledge to defend the Bible’s teaching. The Pope’s agreement with the current consensus of scientific opinion concerning the origin of the universe and life seems to indicate that he has successfully harmonized the teachings of the Bible and modern science. History […]