Fear and surprise

Ok, I thought my Inquisition reference was a cheap shot before. But via Rude Pundit I discover the following quote from Ratzinger:

At the time of Galileo the Church remained much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself. The process against Galileo was reasonable and just.

(For the reference, go here and scroll about halfway down.)
From Wikipedia, the process that Ratzinger considers “reasonable and just”:

On June 22, 1633, the Inquisition held the final hearing on Galileo, who was then 69 years old and pleaded for mercy, pointing to his “regrettable state of physical unwellness”. Threatening him with torture, imprisonment, and death on the stake, the show trial forced Galileo to “abjure, curse and detest” his work and to promise to denounce others who held his prior viewpoint. Galileo did everything the church requested him to do, following (so far as we can tell) the plea bargain of two months earlier. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Unbelievable. I guess he really is a traditionalist.

4 thoughts on “Fear and surprise

  1. Mason

    Hmmm…is that also from that movie? I don’t remember that line, so if it’s from there, I obviously need to see it again.

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