In 1992 they merely said that his 1633 trial was a mistake.
We all make mistakes.
Now they say, "Galileo Galilei was a man of faith who saw nature as a book authored by God."
Yay Vatican. Way to go!
Galileo's lucky stars: Vatican calls its famed heretic a hero of faith and scienceLittle known fact. What do Bernie Madoff and Galileo Galilei have in common? Both were subject to house arrest.
By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Galileo Galilei is going from heretic to hero.
The Vatican is recasting the most famous victim of its Inquisition as a man of faith, just in time for the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope and the U.N.-designated International Year of Astronomy next year.
Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to the Italian astronomer and physicist Sunday, saying he and other scientists had helped the faithful better understand and "contemplate with gratitude the Lord's works."
In May, several Vatican officials will participate in an international conference to re-examine the Galileo affair, and top Vatican officials are now saying Galileo should be named the "patron" of the dialogue between faith and reason.
It's quite a reversal of fortune for Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who made the first complete astronomical telescope and used it to gather evidence that the Earth revolved around the sun. Church teaching at the time placed Earth at the center of the universe.
The church denounced Galileo's theory as dangerous to the faith, but Galileo defied its warnings. Tried as a heretic in 1633 and forced to recant, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, later changed to house arrest....
[Hat tip to John H. in Iowa. Happy holidays John.]