July 7, 2010.
Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience to the Franciscan theologian Blessed John Duns Scotus. It will be the last audience held in the Vatican until August 4.
Much of his work attempts to reconcile classical philosophy with medieval Christianity.
The pope pointed to three ideas for which Duns Scotus is best known: That the Incarnation was part of God's original plan of creation; that Mary's preservation from original sin was granted in view of Jesus' redemptive passion and death; and for his ideas on human freedom and its relationship with will and intellect.
“May the teaching and example of Blessed John Duns Scotus help us to understand that we attain happiness, freedom and perfection by opening ourselves to God's gracious self-revelation in Christ Jesus.”
Benedict XVI traveled to Castel Gandolfo after the general audience. He'll spend the rest of July at his summer residence.