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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Qui novam rem audientes, occidere illum moliti sunt." Damian was, however, forced to concede Romuald's failure with bishops, grudgingly admitting that it would have been easier to convert a Jew to the faith than a simonist bishop: 35, 76.
As Alberto Chiari has observed,(17) this unusual, prophetic tone in the mouth of a sinner sets the stage for the pilgrim, who begins where Nicholas ends, denouncing the simonists with a flurry of biblical examples.
However, under Smarr's lens this tale, with its narrative within the narrative, reveals a heretofore unsuspected complexity, with links to the Book of Matthew and Dante's depiction of the Simonists in Inferno 19.
Among the evil counselors who have used their high mental gifts for guile, Ulysses is deeper down than the simonists and thieves.