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Bishop in Philippines rebukes priests for simony

October 29, 2012

A leading prelate in the Philippines has warned his priest against the practice of simony: offering spiritual goods for sale.

“My dear brother priests, the sacraments are not to be celebrated in exchange for money,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan wrote in a letter to priests. “The trafficking for money in spiritual things is simony. It is a sin.” Archbishop Villegas, who is the vice-president of the country’s episcopal conference, insisted that there “should be no prejudiced distinctions between the materially affluent and the materially deprived” in the administration of sacraments.

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