Video – R. Trent Pomplun – Mary of Agreda’s Scotism – CONF 310

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Ave Maria!

At the Symposium titled "Sursum Actio" at Notre Dame Univ. from Jun 8-9, 2015, in honor of the life work of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I., R. Trent Pomplun, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland, gives the ninth conference which he titles, "Maria de Agreda's Scotism" in her four volume book, Mystical City of God and the possible influences on her writings from theologians of her day who follow the teaching of Bl. John Duns Scotus. He uses as one of his sources the book by Fr. Enrique Llamas, "Venerable Mother Agreda and the Mariology of Vatican II" translated  by Fr. Peter and published by the Academy of the Immaculate, which took issue with the 1998 statement by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith that Maria of Agreda's book was not compatible with scripture and not in compliance with Vatican II mariology.

He notes that the Mystical City of God is very theological and Scotistic. From the beginning of Volume I she talks about the moments of God's decision to create the world and includes Scotus' logic of final causality especially the absolute primacy of Christ. He argues that the possible theological influences on her include Simon Calderon and Francisco del Castillo Velasco. This however does not negate the possible supernatural origin of the work.

The talk is followed by a commentary by Fr. Peter and then a round table discussion with the other presenters which includes:

  • Fr. Peter's history of the many starts and stops to the beatification of Maria de Agreda and the politics of each side. How it involves the beatification processes of Pius IX, John Duns Scotus, Pius XII and the declaration of the Immaculate Conception.

  • Absolute Predestination of Christ and Mary and the freedom of Mary from any debt of sin from Adam.

  • Other places besides the first book of the City of God where Scotism is included.

  • Other reasons for difficulties with beatification lack of appreciation for the Immaculate Conception and the mystical interpretation of scripture based on a literal interpretation as opposed to the historical critical method.

  • The place of private revelations in regard to the Gospels.

  • Scotus' in agreement with earlier Eastern Orthodox mariology and sacramental theology.

  • Controversy private revelation in the Church, literal interpretation of Scripture and theology as a science.

For the book Venerable Mother Agreda and the Mariology of Vatican II by Fr. Enrique Llamas:

To buy the full set of Mary of Agreda's Mystical City of God:

To read it online:

This symposium, Sursum Actio ("Lift up your Actions" or more loosely "Lift up your Hearts"), was organized in honor of the life work of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner after he won the Cardinal John J. Wright Marialogical Award of 2015 from the Mariological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to Mariology.

For a more complete list of all fourteen talks from this symposium:

Audio (MP3)


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