On this day…….homage to Galileo Galilei…..set forth before the Italian Inquisition for his heretic ideas on February 13th, 1633.
Galileo believed as Copernicus, that the earth revolved around the Sun…..
This worried the Roman Catholic Church……this went against Bible teachings…
So Galileo was sentenced to be imprisoned in his home for the rest of his life……
~Publicly kneeling before his tribunal, he declared, “with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith I abjure, curse, and detest the said errors and heresies, and generally every other error and heresy contrary to the… Holy Church, and I swear that I will nevermore in future say or assert anything… which may give rise to a similar suspicion of me.” Later legend would assert that he added, under his breath, “Eppur si muove!” (And yet it does move!), but this is mere dramatic additive. The Inquisition had won. Galileo was sentenced to “the prison of this Holy Office for a period determinable at our pleasure;” he was first confined in Rome, then transferred to a friend’s house in Siena, and then allowed to live under house arrest in his own villa outside Florence. He would remain there until his death eight years later. * ~
Perhaps his greatest punishment before death was from his own body; he went blind, and could only see his beloved stars and moons and planets in memories….
The Catholic Church admitted wrongdoing……..but it took them until 1992 to admit an error in punishing Galileo for his beliefs…….his CORRECT beliefs…..
So today, homage to Galileo…..for voicing his beliefs ….even though he faced an opponent that seemed as mighty as the sky ……….
When you look upon that sky tonight, amidst the twinkling stars, ponder Galileo Galilei……
Ironic how a religious institution who wished the world to revolve arounds its teachings, chose to punish a man for his beliefs about the revolutions of the earth……..
*SparkNotes…the Trial of Galileo