Copernicus Reburied as Hero -- 500 Years Later

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    May 22, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    "FROMBORK, Poland (May 22) -- Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero today, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.

    His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age ...

    On Saturday, his remains were blessed with holy water by some of Poland's highest-ranking clerics before an honor guard ceremoniously carried the coffin through the imposing red brick cathedral and lowered it back into the same spot where part of his skull and other bones were found in 2005. ..."

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  • calibro

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    May 22, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    glad it only took half a millennium for the church to get this right... so molestation scandal should be rectified by 2500, right?
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    May 24, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    I bet certain high members of the clergy 500 years ago were educated enough to know Copernicus was most likely right, but the Church had no choice if it was going to maintain its power .
    These days if a theory , proven true sometime in the future, were to be discarded, it would probably be from simple failure to capture interest from the scientific community .