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"He labored with unceasing energy to root out from the clergy the vices of immorality and simony, which were then so prevalent, and so detrimental to the interests of the Church, and which Peter Damian has painted in colors, if not too lurid, certainly not a shade brighter than the reality, in his work entitled Liber Gomorrhianus."--Manual of Universal Church History (1876) by Johannes Baptist Alzog

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Simony is the act of selling church offices and roles or sacred things. It is named after Simon Magus, who is described in the Acts of the Apostles as having offered two disciples of Jesus payment in exchange for their empowering him to impart the power of the Holy Spirit to anyone on whom he would place his hands. The term extends to other forms of trafficking for money in "spiritual things".

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