He said an understanding of the laws of nature could stimulate appreciation of God's work.
Right...a few centuries too late for Galileo, but just maybe the church could turn its attention to recognizing the myriad diversity of the human race - especially in matters related to - oh I don't know - gender and sexual identity perhaps? An even easier start would be to do something trivial - like accepting that making condoms available in Africa isn't an entirely bad thing; and having catholic hospitals teaching people how to use the things properly isn't bad either.
... but then again, I don't think I'll be holding my breath on this one either.
So much for reality intruding on the Vatican.