Quotes transcribed by Jeff Fenske

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In Catholicism, the Magisterium is the teaching authority of the Church.[1] According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops incommunion with him.”[2]  



“..Catholic authorities were concerned about people interpreting the Bible for themselves, which was the standard protestant view. And they wanted to insist that the Church, and the Church, alone has the authority to interpret scripture.

So when Galileo tries to argue that his astronomy is consistent with the Bible, it appears to them that Galileo was behaving like a protestant in wanting to interpret scripture for himself. And this was inexplicit contravention of one of the standard Catholic views that came out of the Council of Trent, that the Church was to be the interpreter of scripture, and not individuals.”

– Peter Harrison

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VlyEaesAi8]Galileo: Science vs. the Church?

 thetestoffaith | Published on Oct 23, 2012

Peter Harrison retells the story of Galileo, and says that it is not so straightforward as “the Church opposing science”.

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“The medieval geocentric view, that is the view that everything in the solar system revolves around the Earth has a lot more to do with the influence of ancient Greeks like Aristotle and Ptolemy than it has to do with the Bible.”

– David Withun

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Jm2sNTSBs]The Church v. Galileo

 davidpwithun | Published on May 7, 2012