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An article by Vatican Observatory Director Br. Guy Consolmagno, S. J., published on the British Jesuit web site Thinking Faith about Cardinal Bellarmine, a Jesuit cardinal and saint famous for opposing Galileo’s theories. “An oft-quoted quip suggests Bellarmine was a better scientist than Galileo, while Galileo’s letter to the Grand Duchess showed him to be a better theologian than Bellarmine.” As serious analysis, the quip falls short of the mark. The real problem with both parties is that our modern idea of what science is and how it proceeds was only just being born at this time.