Death of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Opponent of Copernicanism in Vatican Hot

Death of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Opponent of Copernicanism in Vatican

Cardinal Robert Bellarmine

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Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino) dies in Rome at the age of 78. Bellarmine has been one of the most important Catholic figures in the Counter-Reformation, but many will remember him as the chief opponent of Copernicanism in the Vatican.

In 1616 Cardinal Bellarmine is ordered to talk to Galileo Galilei and inform him that the Congregation of the Index is condemning the Copernican theory about the movement of the Earth around the Sun.

Bellarmine was himself somewhat uncertain about the matter, saying that it would need deeper investigation.

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St. Robert Bellarmine on Heresy and Salvation

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