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As the Renaissance arrived in Italy the Catholic Church was ascending at light speed to become more than just a religion but a world power They had defeated the heresies of other religions and had established a new set of disciplines for Christian belief at the Council of Trent So when the Church usually in the form of the Venetian Holy Office began its mission of indoctrinating this new discipline throughout Italy they were stunned by what they heard and saw especially in the smaller towns and the countryside Many new personal theologies had emerged most of which were still thought of as Christianity that included many practices not only foreign to the Church but in many cases unspeakable in their eyes Most of these practices involved some sort of popular magic and much of this magic involved the use of many different symbols of Christianity and even the Church and the Mass Needless to say the churchs attitude toward what they found was one of great concern for they were not about to let a popular Christianity overtake the system of beliefs they had fought so hard to establish So it was that before the Church could start to spread its new mission throughout the world they would first have to convert those in the great Catholic country of Italy who had somehow lost their way over the centuries When three priests discovered a detailed though miniature wax figure of a nude man near the altar during a mass in Feltre early in May of 1588 it was inevitable that the church would soon embark on an investigation A hundred years earlier the situation would have been dismissed but by the late sixteenth century the reformed Church was very busy working to bring as much of Italy as possible under their new more aggressive doctrine Even minor disruptions such as this one could be viewed as an impediment to the churchs drive to discipline
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