simony

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traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments

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According to Andreas, some came to make a pilgrimage, some to learn the new way of monastic life, some to flee simoniacal superiors, and others, having heard that John and his monks publicly denounced simony, to be instructed about how to avoid it.
He defended the moderate position that simoniacal and sexually active clerics could validly perform the sacraments for others--though their sacramental acts simply served to condemn them as vessels fit for destruction.
According to Zelivsky these oppressors, exalted by the Donation of Constantine and simoniacal heresy, would not proclaim God's kingdom to the poor.
Third, the canto is central thematically; Dante's invective against the simoniacal popes and his lamentation over the Donation of Constantine and its disastrous effects on the temporal order of the world reveal his underlying preoccupation with the corruption of the church and the resulting confusion between the "two suns" of earthly life.
Despite the regressive nature of the Inferno, Dante's meetings with the damned are among the most memorable moments of the poem: the Neutrals, the virtuous pagans, Francesca da Rimini, Filipo Argenti, Farinata degli Uberti, Piero delle Vigne, Brunetto Latini, the simoniacal popes, Ulysses, and Ugolino impose themselves upon the reader's imagination with tremendous force.
The notes comprise: 'A Simoniacal Moment in Piers Plowman', in which Alan Fletcher discusses the deals between parish priests and pardoners referred to at B.