Scoppola was an historian, teacher and Italian politician, and one of the leading Italian exponents of democratic Catholicism.

From 1974 to 1978 he was editor-in-chief for “Il Mulino”.

In the 1960s, he sided in favour of a law on divorce, in contrast with the position taken by his party, Democrazia Cristiana. In particular, “in 1974 he was among the promoters of the Committee in the referendum to legalize divorce. His stance as militant Catholic was clearly very important for the victory of the referendum promoters.” On the other hand, he was in favour of the referendum which intended to cancel law no. 194 legalizing abortion in Italy, deeming that it was an “abortist” law and aimed at “removing the responsibility” for the unborn.

In Legislature IX (1983-1987) he was elected independent senator on the Democrazia Cristiana lists. He was one of the leading scholars of Alcide De Gasperi worldwide.

In 1992, he joined the political movement Unione dei Progressisti 18 ottobre. In more recent years, he moved closer to the Margherita (the Daisy) party, in particular to the Popolari group. From 2003 to 2007, he was national chairman of Rete dei Cittadini. He was ordinary professor of Contemporary History at La Sapienza University in Rome.

The material includes more than 6,000 volumes from his own library.


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