Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 223: Prevention of Violence in Numidia
Prevention of Violence in Numidia
Apparently Marcellinus wrote Augustine during this period.1 He promised to send Augustine the acts of the conference and the confession of the assassins of Restitutus and Innocentius.2 He had asked Augustine to promulgate the acts in Theoprepia, a Donatist church in Carthage, at the time of the conference. He also pressed Augustine for a promised writing. Augustine responds he wanted a copy of the acts of the conference, to promulgate them in his church at Hippo and, were it possible, in the all the churches of his diocese. To promulgate them in Carthage, a meeting place, whether Theoprepia or elsewhere, had to be found.
Marcellinus swore to spare the murderers of Restitutus and Innocentius capital punishment. If that could not be done, he promised to insert in the acts of the proceedings Augustine’s two letters to him and the proconsul. At the very least he promised to leave the guilty in prison until he had written the emperor. From this appeal he hoped to obtain their pardon. The emperor had pardoned pagans who in 397 had killed the martyrs, Sisinnus, Martyrius, and Alexander in the valley of Anaunus near Trent.
Augustine complained of Donatist violence continuing in his diocese under the leadership of Macrobius, their bishop. Fear of the laws had obliged the rulers of the places to close Donatist churches. However Macrobius traveled throughout Northern Africa with male and female troops of Donatists and...