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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.
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.