Galileo: The Real Story

Galileo’s championing of Copernican heliocentrism led to two encounters with the Church: an informal meeting with Cardinal Bellarmine in 1616 and a formal trial in 1633. It’s a muddled piece of history which has caused many people to falsely stake the claim that the Church is an enemy of science. In this episode, Br. Guy and Chris Graney discuss the real story of Galileo’s relationship with the Church.


  • Chris Graney, historian of 17th century science and Public Relations Officer of Vatican Observatory Foundation
  • Br. Guy Consolmagno, Director of Vatican Observatory