Copernicus, Nicolaus

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Comment by Tom Vresics on March 1st, 2013 at 12:16 am

Why don’t you mention that Copernicus was a Catholic priest? You use the term canon, but it seems to obscure the truth of Copernicus’ true identity. It seems that you are trying to hide the fact that the Catholic Church was and still is a major part of modern science. Next, I will check to see what you write about Mendel, the Father of modern gentics who was a Catholic monk.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on March 1st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Thank you, Tom, for your feedback. On quick review of the article on Copernicus, it does not appear that his involvement in the Catholic Church is obscured. In fact, it is unclear whether he was ordained a priest, or only took minor order that sufficed for a canonry. However, I will study the article more carefully and endeavor to make his Catholic studies and activities more prominent.

With regard to Mendel, I believe you will find that our article refers to him as a monk (in the opening sentence) and later as priest and abbot of his monastery, and as a person in whom “religion and science were harmonized.”

Thank you again for taking the time to comment, and for helping to make NWE a valuable information resource.

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