St. William of York

William of York’s mother Emma was the half-sister of King William I of England.
William of York was elected archbishop of York in 1140.
His election was challenged on the grounds of simony and unchastity.

 What are the grounds of simony?

Simony is the sin of selling religious Rites, the Sacraments, and/or Blessings. It is a very serious charge, especially against someone of the clergy.

So, let’s finish the Catholic Aptitude Test (CAT) question of the day.

What happened to William of York, Cyril?

William was cleared of the charges by Rome.
A new Pope, Eugene III, suspended him.
In 1147, William was deposed as the Archbishop of York.

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