ROME — In his English summary of the General Audience on July 7, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about Blessed John Duns Scotus, distinguished Franciscan theologian of Scotland.
The pope explained that Duns Scotus is best known today for his contribution to three areas of the development of Christian thought:
• The Incarnation was not directly the result of Adam’s sin, but part of God’s
original plan of creation
• Mary’s preservation from original sin was a privilege granted in view of her
Son’s redemptive passion and death
• The issue of human freedom