Simony Act 1688

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1688 c. 16
S E S S I O P R I M A. Anno Regni GULIELMI & MARI primo. An Act that the Simoniacal Promotion of one Person may not prejudice another.

(1 Will. & Mar.) C A P. XVI.

'WH E R E A S it hath often happened, that Persons Simoniack or Simoniacally promoted to Benefices or Ecclesiastical Livings, have enjoyed the Benefit of such Livings many Years, and sometimes all their Life-time, by reason of the secret Carriage of such Simoniacal Dealing; and after the Death of such Simoniack Person, another Person innocent of such Crime, and worthy of such Preferment, being presented or promoted by another Patron innocent also of that Simoniacal Contract, have been troubled and removed upon Pretence of Lapse (or otherwise) to the Prejudice of the innocent Patron in Reversion, and of his Clerk, whereby the Guilty go away with Profit of his Crime, and the innocent succeeding Patron and his Clerk are punished, contrary to all Reason and good Conscience:'

S-II Simoniacal Contract where it shall not prejudice.

II Simoniacal Contract where it shall not prejudice.

II. For Prevention whereof, be it enacted by the King's and Queen's most Excellent Majesties, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That after the Death of the Person so simoniacally promoted, the Offenceand Contract of Simony shall, neither by way of Title in pleading, or in evidence to a Jury, or otherwise, hereafter be alledged or pleaded, to the Prejudice of any other Patron innocent of Simony, or of his Clerkby him presented or promoted, upon Pretence of Lapse to the Crown, Metropolitan, or otherwise, unless the Person Simoniack or simoniacally presented, or his Patron, was convicted of such Offence at the Common Law, or some Ecclesiastical Court, in the Life-time of the Person Simoniack or simoniacally promoted or presented; any Law or Statute to the contrary notwithstanding.

S-III Lease made bona fide by Simonist good.

III Lease made bona fide by Simonist good.

III. And be it also provided, enacted, and declared by the Authority...

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