He "was a believer," "he did not spend one minute behind bars … nor was he excommunicated," and he "died professing the faith under the care of a religious sister and with a papal blessing" — Catholic researcher clarifies facts surrounding life of Galileo. Noting that v"during Galileo’s time, there was no proof that the Earth moved around the sun," Fr. Manuel Carreira, physicist and priest, elaborates:
- “His supposed evidence was invalid,” the physicist noted, as well as dismissed by other astronomers.
Galileo’s correct idea, he explained, was that “the Bible does not teach science.” However, the famed astronomer “also wanted theologians to change their interpretation of the text according to his theory.” Although the theologians of his day “were mistaken in thinking that the Bible teaches astronomy,” the priest added, “they were correct in saying that as long as there was no evidence, Galileo should have presented his ideas as a theory and not ask them to change their opinions.”
“In both cases,” Fr. Carreira said, “they went outside their fields and entered that of the other. From this lesson, we have learned that there must be mutual respect.”