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2009-07-03 07:45:00

A Vatican official said on Thursday that the Catholic Church should not fear scientific progress and risk repeating the errors it made in condemning astronomer Galileo in the 17th century.Speaking at a news conference, Monsignor Sergio Pagano, head of the Vatican's secret archives, said the modern Catholic Church can learn from previous mistakes and shed their reticence toward science.Tension between science and religion has existed for centuries. For example, Christian Churches have...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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