LA Times: Splinter Catholic group says Galileo really was wrong – the Earth is at the center of the universe

Florida Citizens for Science Jonathan Smith shared this nugget:

The Los Angeles Times reported on a splinter Catholic group that continues to argue for a geocentric universe.  The group held a conference last fall near the Notre Dame campus in Indiana.

Why is this small group, called “conservative” by the LA Times – a label that embarrasses other conservative Catholics interviewed in the story – pushing the geocentric agenda?  The story makes it easy to figure out:

“Heliocentrism becomes dangerous if it is being propped up as the true system when, in fact, it is a false system,” said Robert Sungenis, leader of a budding movement to get scientists to reconsider. “False information leads to false ideas, and false ideas lead to illicit and immoral actions — thus the state of the world today.… Prior to Galileo, the church was in full command of the world, and governments and academia were subservient to her.”

Yeah, St. Thomas Aquinas has to be absolutely spinning in his resting place.

Even the founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum, Ken Ham, is embarrassed, according to the story:

“There’s a big difference between looking at the origin of the planets, the solar system and the universe and looking at presently how they move and how they are interrelated,” Ham said. “The Bible is neither geocentric or heliocentric. It does not give any specific information about the structure of the solar system.”

 

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