QUOTE(mbz1 @ Tue 10th January 2012, 4:35am)
The church at the time was much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself, and also took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo’s doctrine. Its verdict against Galileo was rational and just.
In both places Tyranny of the Ignorant wins.
Actually the Pope was not as wrong as you might think. There was a lot wrong with Galileo's arguments even if most of his conclusions were right. Did you know he rejected Kepler's correct guess that the tides were due to the force of the Sun and Moon, and invented a nonsense theory of tides which he then cited as "proof" of the Copernican theory?