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SIMONY, eccl. law. The selling and buying of holy orders, or an ecclesiastical benefice. Bac. Ab. h.t.; 1 Harr. Dig. 556. By simony is also understood an unlawful agreement to receive a temporal reward for something holy or spiritual. Code, 1, 3, 31 Ayl. Parerg. 496.

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There are a great number, when the simoniac heresies are condemned, who either by request, by price, or by allegiance dispense sacred orders.
Dante scatters references to him throughout the Commedia, which gradually reveal the poet's judgment on bad popes, exemplified in a worst-case scenario: Boniface himself belongs with the simoniacs in Inferno 19; he tricked even the cunning Guido da Montefeltro into abetting his war on Christians (Inf.
Peter's rebuke of Simon in Acts 8 shows "to all the others what bishops must do to oppose the imitators of Simon," that is, simoniacs (60).