Question: Who is Giordano Bruno and why to the newspapers say the Church is "rehabilitating" him?
Answer: Rehabilitating is probably too strong a word, but Angelo Cardinal Sodano, the Vatican's Secretary of State, on 18 February, in writing "to the participants in a congress on this Italian thinker, being held in the Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy in Naples" expressed "`profound sorrow' for the condemnation to death of Giordano Bruno, the philosopher burnt at the stake exactly 400 years ago." Sodano was, of course, apologizing that Saint Robert Cardinal Bellarmine had done his job as Inquisitor on 17 February, A.D.1600.
It is unlikely, though that Bruno will be included in the Common Martyrology in that he was a pantheist, excommunicated by the Lutherans and Calvinists before Rome caught up with him. "`The universe is infinite and I am its center,' he cried" before "he died swearing."