DCB wrote:It took the Vatican 500 years to accept a heliocentric universe. Lets not put progress on hold for fear of offending their delicate sensibilities.
To be fair, it was less than 500 years. Heliocentrism was an embarrassment that the Church was glad to rid itself of. AFAIK the official "acceptance" was when the Church took Copernicus off the list of banned books. The development of Newtonian mechanics gave the Church a face-saving excuse for doing so.
If I had to guess, more recent developments will be harder for the Church to swallow, namely:
* Credible naturalistic views of human sexuality, reproduction, and consciousness.
* Moral equivalence of physical and psychological violence.
* Adoption of the concept of intellectual honesty as developed within the scientific community