from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The buying or selling of ecclesiastical pardons, offices, or emoluments.
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- n. The act of buying and selling ecclesiastical offices and pardons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment; the corrupt presentation of any one to an ecclesiastical benefice for money or reward.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or practice of trafficking in sacred things; particularly, the buying or selling of ecclesiastical preferment, or the corrupt presentation of any one to an ecclesiastical benefice for money or reward.
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- n. traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
Divine laws the term simony is applicable only to the exchange of supernatural treasures for temporal advantages, its meaning has been further extended through ecclesiastical legislation.
The term simony comes from a sorcerer named Simon Magus, who tried to bribe the Apostles into selling him their power (Acts 8: 18-20).
(Acts 8: 9-24) The memory of his peculiar guilt has been perpetuated in the word simony, as applied to all traffic in spiritual offices.
It had been told him that his admission into the Order had been connected with the bestowal of temporal goods, and from this comes the sin called simony, which consists in the purchase of something spiritual with something temporal.
V with regard to episcopal elections, and passed several disciplinary decrees directed against existing abuses, such as simony and concubinage among the clergy.
For this kind of simony places on a par things supernatural and things natural, things eternal and things temporal, and constitutes a sacrilegious depreciation of Divine treasures.
They followed no definite ecclesiastico-political programme, but directed their attacks principally against individual offences such as simony, marriage of the clergy, and the uncanonical marriage of the laity.
One such sin, so subtle, so dangerous, and so constantly recurring in Christian history, having taken the name of its first author and being called "simony," has been handed down from generation to generation.
Preeminent among Luther's complaints were the practice of selling of indulgences (essentially, the selling of forgiveness for sin), the practice of "simony" (selling church positions), and the Church's policy on purgatory.
She supported synods that reformed abuses that were so prevalent at the time, such as simony and usury.