Simony is one of those words that seldom makes an appearance in a conversation these days.
I guess it was used quite a lot in the time of Martin Luther as, of course, the selling of indulgences, was a good example of simony.
It applies not just to holy words or acts leading to indulgences but also to sacred objects, blessed rosaries, chalices, reliquaries, monstrances and the like.
But then, who in their right minds would wish to sell a monstrance?
It's laughable. How would you sell one?
On Ebay?.............nope.....in the small ads...nope again.....
Oh.....surely not by public auction?
'Fraid so....Fr Ray Blake has the story covered.
Impious is the word he uses.....good word that.
NB The good monks have now moved to *Chilworth, but Ramsgate sounds better!