Simony facts for kids
Simony means that one pays for an office or a position in the hierarchy of Christian church. It is regarded as a crime in church. but it also extends to other forms of trafficking for money in "spiritual things".
In the Middle Ages there were problems with simony and accusations of simony, especially during the Investiture Controversy. Rulers wanted to employ the educated and centrally organized clergy in their administrations.
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Girolamo and cardinal Marco Corner investing Marco, abbot of Carrara, with his benefice, Titian, ca 1520
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