Friday, January 04, 2008

Another step backwards

The Pope dismantles the Vatican Observatory. Read it and weep.

Science is to make way for diplomacy at the Pope's summer residence, with the dismantling of the astronomical observatory that has been part of Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, for more than 75 years. The Pope needs more room to receive diplomats so the telescopes have to go.

The eviction of the astronomers and their instruments, reported by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, and their removal to a disused convent a mile away, marks the end of a period of intimacy between popes and priest-astronomers that has lasted well over a century.


This is a bad sign.

1 comment:

Ex Patriot said...

Of course they all agree that it may be for the best and maybe it is, but no one dares disagree with the Fuher or you will be condemned to everlasting helol