simony

Definitions:

The crime of buying or selling church preferment.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act or crime of buying or selling church offices; traffic in sacred things.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical offices.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment, so named from Simon Magus who thought to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit with money, Acts viii.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Crime of buying or selling church preferment.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

To this was added the news from Italy itself,- how discontented the inhabitants were with the pope, how wanton the simony and how wicked the princes of the Church.
- Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
Even the pious Edward had offended, by withholding the old levy of Peter Pence; and simony a crime peculiarly reprobated by the pontiff, was notorious in England.
- Harold, Book 10. The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
And would you not have practised simony in trying for favours and using them unlawfully?
- Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Catherine Benincasa