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The Galileo Affair


This document was created to be a resource for information regarding the Galileo affair. In this document I intend to address the following questions:

  • Does the Galileo Affair demonstrate the Church was or is at odds with Science?
  • Does the Galileo affair demonstrate the Doctrine of Papal Infallibility is false?
  • Was Galileo Tortured?
  • Was Galileo persecuted for telling the truth?
  • Was Galileo treated unjustly?

Though this page is a work in progress which will be added to over time, I would like to begin by recommending a book, "The Crime of Galileo" by Giorgio de Santillana. It is a book which I believe firmly, gives for the most part, a refreshingly objective account of the events surrounding the Galileo affair. It is written by a man who was not Catholic, and definitely not overly fond of the Church.


In this three part series, Thomas Woods takes a look at the Galileo Affair, dispelling common myths and illuminating seldom heard facts regarding the topic. The Series, "The Catholic Church: Builder of Civilization" aired on EWTN. This footage is for educational purposes only. Used under the terms of United States Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107. There are three parts to this episode. If you prefer watching them externally (on click here for my playlist.

The Galileo Affair Part I-III

The Galileo Affair Part II-III

The Galileo Affair Part III-III