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Washington Irving’s Columbus and the Flat Earth — 1 Comment

  1. In fairness to Prof. Impey, his more recent involvement with the Vatican Observatory paints a very different picture than that cited by Dr. Hayton. I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Vatican Observatory Foundation’s annual awards conference, where Prof. Impey was a guest speaker. Here he comments on the the Church’s hosting a conference on astrobiology 2009:

    And he apparently was involved with the selection of Br. Guy as Director of the Vatican Observatory.

    From “The Vatican’s In-House Astronomer | Rising Stars | OZY”

    Chris Impey, head of the astronomy department at the University of Arizona at Tucson, where the Observatory built their new telescope when Castel Gandolfo’s light pollution became too distracting, served on the advisory board that selected the program’s new director. Though he was personable and had a résumé filled with distinguished research, there were two things working against Brother Guy: He wasn’t a Jesuit priest — he’s a brother — and he was American. The Vatican doesn’t want the Observatory to seem too American, especially when their recruitment is focusing on Latin American and Asian countries where Catholicism is building. But “you pick the best one for the job,” Impey says. “And he [Br. Guy] was the best one for the job.”

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