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Iberian Fathers, Volume 3

Pacian of Barcelona

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-x

This volume brings together writings from Pacian of Barcelona and Orosius of Braga, two leading Iberian Fathers of the late fourth and early fifth centuries. In the case of Pacian, bishop of Barcelona, this includes all of his extant works: a treatise on penance; a sermon on baptism; and his correspondence...

Pacian of Barcelona

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pp. 3-13

St. Jerome, in chapter 106 of his De viris illustribus, furnishes most of the meager biographical data which we possess concerning the bishop and theologian Pacian of Barcelona. It reads as follows: “Pacian, bishop of Barcelona in the foothills of the Pyrenean mountains, a man of restrained eloquence1 and as...

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pp. 14-16

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Letter 1

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pp. 17-26

1. Sir, if it is not an earthly purpose but, as I think, a spiritual calling that leads you to inquire of us regarding the faith of Catholic truth, you above all else, having begun your exposition so it appears from the vantage of a small stream far away and not holding to the fount and source of the original...

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Letter 2

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pp. 27-37

1. On this far-ranging question I will, as far as I am able, seek brevity. Nor will I, my brother, reply to you with any repayment of malice, although under the guise of fair questioning you cast and directed [at me] in your speech hidden arrows, which you yourself cunningly devised. We are bid “to pray for...

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Letter 3

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pp. 38-70

1. The entire treatise of the Novatianists, which you have directed to me, crammed with propositions on all sides, simply amounts to this, brother Sympronian: that repentance should not be permitted after baptism; that the Church cannot forgive mortal sin; and that, beyond this, by receiving those who...

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On Penitents

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pp. 71-86

Although I have spoken several times, albeit with no particular scheme in mind, concerning the treatment of penitents, still, being mindful of the concern of the Lord, who for the loss of one little sheep did not spare his own neck and shoulders, carrying the fragile sinner back to the flock...

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On Baptism

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pp. 87-94

It is my desire to reveal in what way we are born in baptism and in what way we are renewed. I shall speak sensibly, my brethren, in the same words of Scripture1 lest, because of the elegance ofmy words, you should perhaps believe that I have taken pleasure in my own style, and also so that...

Orosius of Braga

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pp. 97-111

Like Pacian of Barcelona, Orosius was an active and prominent participant in the ecclesiastical affairs of his time, but like Pacian, too, his life’s story is known only in its most basic features. Orosius himself provides few autobiographical details in his extant writings, and there are only scattered references to him in...

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pp. 112-114

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Book in Defense against the Pelagians

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pp. 115-167

Most reverend fathers,1 this is not something which I have instigated nor is it a mark of my own presumption, but rather, as you yourselves recognize, it is of the most dire and even desperate necessity that I now appear. Indeed, I have been forced to do this because of an injustice done...

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Inquiry or Memorandum to Augustine on the Error of the Priscillianists and Origenists

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pp. 168-174

1. I had, indeed, broached the subject to your Holiness earlier, but even then I was intending to present a memorandum on the subject I spoke of—once I was aware that you had been freed from other matters demanding your attention.2 Since my masters, your sons, the bishops Eutropius and...


General Index

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pp. 177-186

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 187-192

E-ISBN-13: 9780813211992
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813200996

Page Count: 202
Publication Year: 2010