However, does the Catholic Church actually teach geocentrism?
Yes Meg, the Catholic Church does teach a geocentric revelation in Scripture which makes geocentrism a truth of creation.
However, ever since popes were convinced from 1820 at least that heliocentrism was proven correct by science, and thus biblical geocentrism was wrong, the Church's teaching on geocentrism was cleverly put on the shelf like so many other heresies condemned by the Church in the first three centuries of Catholicism.
But so too is it Catholic teaching that to believe and profess there are many worlds is Heretical. Just read A A Martinez's book BURNED ALIVE and you will get details of many heresies to do with heliocentrism, many worlds and aliens. For example he lists Thesarus of the Christian Religion
(1559) and in Philaster's Book of Heresies
(1578}. 'Other theologians too cited this heresy for centuries. They explained the problem: "we cannot assert that there exist two or many worlds, since neither do we assert two or many Christs." In 1459 Pope Pius II condemned the doctrine that God created another world like ours (Denzinger). In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII issued laws and such heresies in his Corpus of Canon Law
. In 1616 Pope Paul V decreed heliocentrism was FORMAL heresy and Pope Urban VIII confirmed this in 1633. Today Rome boasts about other worlds and had a CONFERENCE about what the Church would say when ALIENS were found. Pope Francis said he would BAPTISE a martian if necessary.
But when 'proof' for heliocentrism was believed to be proven by science, followed by the Nebular theory (evolution of their solar system) churchmen found a way to ignore all the heresies in order to make Catholicism comply with their SCIENCE. Thus when Big Bangism evolved from heliocentrism Pope Pius XII felt he had to take the Church teaching further in line with SCIENCE. Including the body of Adam.
Now what is that SCIENCE that eliminated previous Church teaching and heresies? Well we are talking about the SCIENCE of ORIGINS here now, not about other sciences dealing with facts. The SCIENCE OF ORIGINS works this way. Extrapolate backwards but no supernatural or divine causes allowed. In other words this SCIENCE OF ORIGINS is ATHEISTIC. Do you get that?
Now when popes decided to accept atheistic science and make Catholic teaching comply with it, you get 'theistic atheism' called theistic evoluition, taught by Fr Paul Robinson SSPX and promoted by the SSPX websites. But when you eliminate the literal geocentric meaning in Scripture, and replace it with atheistic heliocentrism, you do not get truth, you get applause from the atheists in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and you join the intellectual pride enjoyed in SCIENCE. If you write a book like Fr Robinson, go look on its website and see how proud Fr Robinson must be with all those intellectuals telling us it is the best read since Gulliver's Travels.
So Meg, it is a long story, this atheistic reinterpreting of Scripture, and the hiding of those long forgotten heresies. In 1741 it all began but was finalised in 1820. They said the 1616 decree finding heliocentrism was heresy was infallible, but it applied to a VIOLENT HELIOCENTRISM. The heliocentrism allowed by Pope Pius VII was a NON-VIOLENT heliocentrism "held by modern astronomers.' So, in other words, the heresy of 1616 is still on the books, but the non violent SCIENCE is allowed. In fact the heresy had nothing to do with the earth, moving violently or not, it was to say that the sun is fixed in order to allow the Earth to orbit it. So in fact what the popes in 1820-1835 allowed the flock to believe was formally heretical.
Once taken into the womb of the Church and Scripture, all the doctrines on creation by God were compromised. One by one the teachings fell until today Popes openly profess heresies once condemned by the Fathers and FEW ARE AWARE OF THESE HERESIES. Faith on Earth is now SCIENCE and Genesis, Noah's Ark etc, all fiction to try to get the ignoramuses of those days to believe in a God created world.
But try to convince Catholics, especially traditional Catholiocs, that their popes have allowed heresies to run rampant in the Church for centuries and you will be called a LUNATIC and a heretic.