ROME, Italy (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI has canceled a planned visit to a prestigious Italian university after a protest by academics and students attacked his views on Galileo, the Vatican confirmed Tuesday.
The pope had been due to give a speech at La Sapienza university in Rome Thursday to open its academic year.
However, the visit drew criticism from academics at the university who signed a letter demanding that the trip be called off. Separately, students protested outside the university, carrying banners insisting the university is a lay institution and the pope is not welcome.
"Given the events of the past days regarding the visit of the Holy Father to La Sapienza university upon the rector's invitation, which was scheduled to take place Thursday, January 17, it was decided to postpone the event," the Vatican said in a short written statement.
Father Ciro Benedettini, a spokesman for the Vatican, confirmed to CNN the academic protests had prompted the cancellation.
In the letter, academics -- pointing to a speech the pope gave at the same university as a cardinal in 1990 -- claimed he condones the 1633 trial and conviction of the scientist Galileo for heresy.
The astronomer had argued that the Earth revolved around the Sun, in contradiction to church teachings at the time, and he was forced to renounce his findings publicly.
In comments made 15 years ago when he was still a cardinal, Pope Benedict is reported to have called the trial "reasonable and just."Read more:
Vatican Science Panel Told By Pope: Galileo Was Right
November 1, 1992 – The New York Times
Galileo Condemned As A Heretic - Misinterpretations Of The Bible - Homosexuality? Natural Law?
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!
Faith can never conflict with reason
- Pope John Paul II -
"The 'Galileo case' teaches us that different branches of knowledge call for different methods, each of which brings out various aspects of reality"
Pope John Paul II -- No Irreconcilable Differences between
Science and Religion
Reconciling Old Lovers:
John Paul on Science and Faith
By Michael Sherwin, O.P.
Einstein, Galileo. Commemoration of Albert Einstein, 1979, pp. 84
Pontifical Academy of Sciences
California - Prop 8 judgment, August 4, 2010
“Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.”
Judge Vaughn Walker
On Prop 8, it's the evidence, stupid
By Lisa Bloom
and related links:
Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional as lacking rational basis
Nan Hunter - Professor, Georgetown Law,
hunter of justice
Gay Marriage Ruling A Matter of Simple Justice
by Geoffrey R. Stone
law professor at the University of Chicago
Gay Marriage -> Restores
“Hope of Love”
To Children In Early Childhood
Sexual orientation is less about sex and more about love,
being one with another human being - Attachment Theory
LOVE & RELIGION
SEXUAL CONVERSION THERAPIES
Jack Drescher, M.D.
Religious Groups' Official Positions on Same-Sex Marriage
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life – July 27, 2010
Gay Marriage & Homosexuality
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Church of Scotland admits institutional homophobia
April 25, 2007 - Ekklesia
"No sensible person can imagine that the
in matters of love as they do in matters of clothing.
The intelligent lover of beauty will be attracted to beauty in whichever gender he finds it."
The Quality Of Lasting Homosexual Relationships
Roman Catholic -->Cardinal Christoph Schönborn,
Gramick: Equality is a Catholic value
by David Taffet – Dallas Voice
Campaigns Against “Gay Marriage” Have Been A Vehicle To Convey Certain People Into Political Office
Karl Rove… "had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans." Ken Mehlman
August 25, 2010
Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman:
I'm Gay – by Marc Ambinder - The Atlantic
Truth Will Set Us Free
Not Ignorance and Fear
by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – October 2, 2009
Hate Crime Bill vs Attacks But No Facts -> Fear And Ignorance Of
The Blind Leading The Blind
October 27, 2009 – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Gay Marriage - “SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE” Does Not Give Churches Or Benedict XVI The Freedom To Abuse Children or Adults. July 2010 - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
AUSCHWITZ -- CHRISTMAS 2008 -- A flashback far more severe than in --- BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – December 26, 2008 – Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.”
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt !!!