Don't forget that it was our fault all those iceages started and ended (you know, the ones where there were gigantic, billion-ton sheets of ice sliding around on the continents, carving valleys and whatnot, that melted somehow...).
Have you ever asked anyone to pray for you, or a sick relative, or anything of that sort? Maybe your brother lost his job, so you asked people with whom you go to church to "pray for my brother"? That is what Catholics do when we "pray to saints." We recognize that NO ONE on this side of Heaven can do it alone, and so ask for all the help we can get--read the Creed:
And so I ask the Blessed Mary, ever virgin, All the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me, to the Lord our God.
Doesn't get much simpler than that--we recite that every Sunday with the Confiteor.
Well put. I love it how Protestants say we are going to hell for praying to someone "other than Christ," and then turn right around and say "Please pray for my mother, she's got cancer." We don't just ask those who are with us now, we ask those who obviously got it right - saints - in addition.
That it clashed with their theology is secondary to the fact that the accepted, "proven" fact was that the Earth didn't move; the Church didn't say that, SCIENCE said that and the Church read the Bible in such a way that they agreed. Ptolemy worked in the 2nd century AD, when it was still illegal, in the Roman empire, to be Christian. So for the next 150 years or so, scientists agreed; then the Catholic Church was given official recognition and became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Then, more than 1200 years later, after nearly 1500 years of accepted SCIENTIFIC "fact," Galileo said the Earth moved, and provided compelling evidence (but not FINAL evidence).
What more needs be said? I keep exhorting you to look at this from the historical perspective--when will you?