Originally posted August 18, 2007. In Dante’s Inferno the third “Bolgia” or pouch of the Eighth Circle is the Simoniacs. Those who commit simony buy or sell ecclesiastical pardons and benefices. Since that is not a modern issue (and wouldn’t have been worth explaining) I opted for an update of simply those who took bribes. The second pouch originally housed the Flatterers which I also replaced.