Unlike Galileo and other controversial astronomers, however, Copernicus had a good relationship with the Catholic Church. … Contrary to popular belief, the Church accepted Copernicus’ heliocentric theory before a wave of Protestant opposition led the Church to ban Copernican views in the 17th century.
How did the Catholic Church respond to the heliocentric system?
Galileo’s discoveries were met with opposition within the Catholic Church, and in 1616 the Inquisition declared heliocentrism to be “formally heretical.” Heliocentric books were banned and Galileo was ordered to abstain from holding, teaching or defending heliocentric ideas.
Why did the scientific method often lead to conflict with the Roman Catholic Church?
Reason For Conflict
There were two reasons as to why there was conflict between science and the Roman Catholic Church. One reason was that scientific ideas contradicted with Church teachings. The second reason was that if people were to contradict with the Church teachings, they weakened the Church.
Why did the Catholic Church support the geocentric theory?
The Geocentric theory was believed by the Catholic church especially because the church taught that G-d put earth as the center of the universe which made earth special and powerful.