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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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And for the pastors who have given in to the temptation of simony, another objective is to not lose the "seed sowers": this way, tithes can continue to be sent to the pastor!
And thus, Benvenuto concludes, money turns hypocrisy into simony ("ita quod lucrum hypocrisis convertit in simoniam").
At the same time, popular denouncement of the secular clergy as heretics sullied by simony and concubinage questioned the nature of traditional ecclesiastical authority itself.
Simony, the trading of favours between birds of a feather.
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It's a spiritual shortcut, the great-grandson of what the Catholics called simony, and today we call sentimentality (except, that is, when there is literally a prayer involved, in which case I guess we can still call it simony).
Rosmini documented and denounced at length the simony and corruption that had flourished in past centuries under centralized systems of episcopal appointments, such as cathedral chapters and papal reservations.
Gregory was also particularly concerned with simony, or the sale of
Hugh's duty was to preside at councils in Northern France, particularly concerning issues of clerical marriage, simony, and lay investiture.
Under a sub-heading which reads: "The reason can only be sinister", Mr Gibbs states, "Simony is closely associated with politics."