Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 320: Barnabas and Patrick
Barnabas and Patrick
Barnabas, a priest of Hippo in 425, is the same man who came to Hippo in 411 with Pinianus. Augustine qualifies Barnabas as a saint and servant of God, without doubt a monk.1 Augustine speaks of him when rendering account to his people of the state of his clergy.
I have learned of rumors concerning the priest Barnabas, among other things that he bought the land of our dearly honored son Eleusinus. This is false. Eleusinus gave it to the monastery; Barnabas did not buy it. I am a witness to this gift. What can still be asked? I am the witness he has given it and not sold it. Because some do not believe he could have given it, they imagine Barnabas bought it. Is Eleusinus happy to have done a good deed that some are not persuaded he did? Believe him at least for the present. Do not listen easily to a lie. I say to you again: I witness he has done it.
Some say Barnabas had expressly incurred debts during the year he was econome of our house. For resolving these debts, I allowed him to possess Victorianus’ farm for ten years. This is false. However this rumor has some foundation in fact. Barnabas had effectively contracted some debts. I have paid a part as I was able. Money is still owed to the same monastery God has established for his ministry. Victorianus’...