I would have to research on that Church as the authority of Rome bit; yet, understand that I find no problem with any persons machinations. If we are honest enough we will find that God has revealed Himself to man and that through nature man has been able to discern and discover the secrets set in motion by Creation.
It is my firm belief that even non-Believers are granted revelation (not theological) so that we find people as Giordano envisioning the secrets of the Universe far ahead of their temporal technological machinery being able to study/discover.
I do not think any great mind as suffering from anything as madness; however, ego is a different matter altogether–even the most zealous of Believers fail at times.
On second thought:
Like other iterations of the Inquisition, the Roman Inquisition was responsible for prosecuting individuals accused of committing offenses relating to heresy, including Protestantism, sorcery, immorality, blasphemy, Judaizing and witchcraft, as well as for censorship of printed literature. After 1567, with the execution of Pietro Carnesecchi, an allegedly leading heretic, the Holy Office moved to broaden concerns beyond that of theological matters, such as love magic, witchcraft, superstitions, and cultural morality. However, the treatment was more disciplinary than punitive. The tribunals of the Roman Inquisition covered most of the Italian peninsula as well as Malta and also existed in isolated pockets of papal jurisdiction in other parts of Europe, including Avignon in France. The Roman Inquisition, though, was considerably more bureaucratic and focussed on pre-emptive control in addition to the reactive judicial prosecution experienced under other iterations. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Inquisition)
If you slow down enough you can pick up little bits of info that places a significant perspective on how things got done.
You can believe as you like; the fact remains no amount of hindsight will change the past and no amount of ignorance will change the present. Anti-Catholic propaganda always places the darkest judgment on the Church, ignoring factors and numbers and making one blind to the horrors perpetrated both to society and to the Church not only in the long gone past, but also the here and now.