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Galileo renounces

In 1616, the Minutes of the Inquisition recorded that following the judgment by the Farher Theologians against the opinions of the mathematician Galileoon the heliocentric model, Pope Paul V ordered Cardinal Bellarmine to summon Galileo and in person, warn him to abandon hisassertion that the earth moves around the sun. If Galileo were to refuse, an injunction would be issued that he should abstain completely from teaching, defending or discussing the doctrine. Further, if Galileo should not acquiesce, he would be imprisoned. The next day, 26 Feb 1616,Galileo was ordered by Bellarmine “to give up altogether the false doctrine... and if you should refuse.. you should be imprisoned.” Given such a choice, Galileo made a renouncement, but he knew that would not change the real facts of the Earth's motion.«

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