Clavius, like Barberini, is a minor character with few lines, but with an exceptionally important role. As the Vatican’s chief scientist, it is Clavius who makes the determination that Galileo’s proof of Copernicus’ system is correct. This shows that Clavius has the bravery (and political clout) to credibly make such a declaration, despite the Church’s firm belief in Aristotle’s contradictory system.
The timeline below shows where the character Father Christopher Clavius appears in The Life of Galileo. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...are all heartily mocking his ideas amongst themselves. All are waiting for the decision of Clavius regarding Galileo’s research. While most are enjoying the scene, a group of astronomers remarks bitterly... (full context)