After writing about a weird swerve in a New York Times article that was determined to revive old canards about the Catholic Church vs. True Science and Reason, readers chimed in with helpful background about Galileo.
As has been the case since I met him in 1984, David Yeago’s razor sharp mind cut to the bone of the matter. He writes:
Showing up this article is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but who can resist? The author of the article also apparently does not read her own newspaper.
I googled “pope galileo” and this was the third answer returned.
My instinct is to appeal to the traditional notion of invincible ignorance. Some people are so thoroughly socialized into the old Faith vs. Reason narrative that they can’t think otherwise.