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The anti-Galilean powers in the Church now had their ammunition. In December 1614, a  Dominican priest named Tommasso Caccini viciously condemned the astronomer in a  sermon in the Florentine church of Santa Maria Novella. Caccini took as his text a verse  in the  New Testament 's Book of Acts, in which an angel asks Christ's disciples, "Ye men  of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into the heavens?" The verse supplied an excellent  pun on Galileo's name–the "men of Galilee" could be understood as the followers of  Galileo–although it did not comment on astronomy. In Caccini's hands, however, the  words became an assault on the new astronomy, which, he sermonized, ran completely  contrary to Christian faith and sacred scripture. The sermon provoked a furor, and  although Caccini's superiors in the Dominican order hastily repudiated his words, the  damage was done. In mid-March of 1615, Caccini issued a formal complaint against 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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