See this online text:
- “Duns Scotus on Metaphysics”, by Peter King, in The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 15–68. Available in pdf format at the University of Toronto (linked from the Bl. John Duns Scotus page of the Franciscan Archive).
“Concerning the teaching on the Immaculate Conception, important theologians like Duns Scotus enriched what the People of God already spontaneously believed about the Blessed Virgin and expressed in acts of devotion, in the arts and in Christian life in general with the specific contribution of their thought. Thus faith both in the Immaculate Conception and in the bodily Assumption of the Virgin was already present in the People of God, while theology had not yet found the key to interpreting it in the totality of the doctrine of the faith.
“The People of God therefore precede theologians and this is all thanks to that supernatural sensus fidei, namely, that capacity infused by the Holy Spirit that qualifies us to embrace the reality of the faith with humility of heart and mind. In this sense, the People of God is the “teacher that goes first” and must then be more deeply examined and intellectually accepted by theology. May theologians always be ready to listen to this source of faith and retain the humility and simplicity of children!” (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience of 7 July 2010)