More “Rehabilitation”

Maurice A. Finocchiaro

in Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520242616
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941373 | DOI:
More “Rehabilitation”

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The one-hundredth anniversary of Albert Einstein's birth provided the opportunity for Pope John Paul II to make an appropriate statement or take some appropriate action on Galileo's trial. The account of the Galileo affair was clearly the dominant theme of the Einstein centennial speech. The Pope said that the Galileo affair supported the harmony between science and religion. Walter Brandmüller also worked on a more general and interpretive work on the Galileo affair whose key theme was the “right to make mistakes.” Cardinal Paul Poupard stressed the theological error committed by Galileo's opponents and judges: they failed to grasp that Scripture is not a scientific authority. The chapter then investigates how the Pope responded to Poupard's report and what he said and did to close the case. John Paul did not explicitly endorse Poupard's report.

Keywords: Pope John Paul II; Albert Einstein; Galileo; Walter Brandmüller; Cardinal Paul Poupard; rehabilitation

Chapter.  9466 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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