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Vatican publishes documents from Inquisition

2010-06-05

Ugo Baldini
General Editor
We are trying to find all of the documents about the main scientific cases related to the Inquisition. At least about Galileo and other scientists from 1,600. We believe we have found all that was left.”

Paolo Casini
Emeritus Professor, History of Modern Philosophy, Rome
In these volumes you can see only the beginning of what would become concerns about impeding, stopping the progress of study, over all in the astronomy area.”

The principle contradiction they have found is that the ecclesiastical censors were not prepared scientifically, but from a theological or philosophical point of view.

So when members of the Inquisition started to study some documents, more specifically the ones related with astrology, they catalogued them as hidden science. Two of the most affected astronomers were Copernicus and Galileo.

Paolo Casini
Emeritus Professor, History of Modern Philosophy, Rome
Galileo would position himself before the verses of the Bible. It provokes because the Copernicus system started to become considered  not just unacceptable, but also prohibited because it was against reason and experience.”

Ugo Baldini
General Editor
We have learned that many ideas from the past where unfounded. For example, Galileo was not tortured. He was jailed for a few days, following the rules of the Holy Office because they could only jail a person during they days of the interrogation.”

This volume is only the first of four volumes they will edit. The next volume will reveal  censored documents from the 17th century and examine the process of Galileo.


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