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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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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.
(19) In Acts 8:14-24 Simon Magus sought to buy the powers of the Holy Spirit; hence, the name "simony." One of Humbert's major works, Adversus simoniacs, dealt with the problem.
Humbert of Silva Candida fared no better in the long term with his Three Books against the Simoniacs than did Damian with the Book of Gomorrah: it was in fact Damian's position on the validity of simoniac ordinations which eventually prevailed.
A gruesome image occurs to him, from his reading of Dante's Inferno back in college days: The Simoniacs, traffickers in sacraments and holy offices, are punished in Hell by being thrust head-downward for all eternity into holes in the infernal rock.