Thus the apostle says in Galatians [6:10], "and so while we have time, we should do good towards all, especially towards the household of faith," and in 1 Timothy [6:17-18], "Teach the wealthy in this world that they should do good, and that their riches should be in good deeds, they should be ready to give, freely sharing, etc." The papacy misappropriates good works to the cult of the dead saints, to images, to the buying of masses of simoniacs
, papal indulgences, and the fattening of the most impure fornicators and hypocrites, etc.
At the first Lenten synod of 1049, the new Pope Leo had proposed invalidating all ordinations of simoniac
priests, to bleach the Church of all stain.
The inclinations of the protagonists of Stephen Hero and A Portrait of the Artist to become priests are, we know, simoniac
Reading list: Adso of Montier-en-Der's De vita et tempore Antichristi; Humbert of Moyenmoutier's Three Books against the Simoniacs
; Bonacursus' Manifestatio heresies catarorum; Arras' c.1200 (C.E.) sermon; Liber de duobus principibus; Vindication of the Church of God; Vision of Isaiah; The Interrogation of John or The Secret Supper.
He and his officials sell the gifts of God like the Simoniacs
. Following the example of the Valesians, they castrate those who seek Holy Orders, even bishops.
After an extended introduction that provides context, Robinson provides able commentary on The Life of Pope Leo IX, To a Friend, also known as The Book of Bishop Bonizo of Sutri, and Paul of Bernried's The Life of Pope Gregory VII and also provides works by Benzio of Alba and a sermon on Simoniacs
by Bruno of Segri.