Man if Catholics lived that long I know what I’m converting to lol.
In all seriousness though. I guess the Church didn’t really feel a NEED to apologize formally till 1992. I mean, Galileo was vindicated in the fact he was RIGHT. and in that moment all of the changers and thinkers at the time shifted. Heck, there had even been official Vatican astronomers since who worked off of Galileo’s works, and expanded upon it.
History is weird in how it’s never black and white, and there’s always something in the background to make things just muddied.