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Scoppola, Pietro


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Le Soir - Belgium | 06/04/2006

Catholic influence on Italian politics

In an interview with Vanja Luksic political scientist Pietro Scoppola analyses the importance of religion in Italian society. "In the 1970s it was the thought that with economic development the importance of religion would wane. That was wrong, exactly the opposite has happened since the collapse of political ideologies. ... Catholicism in Italy is not monolithic. You find Catholics in both coalitions. On the right the Christian Democrats have built a relationship with the church hierarchy in which they truly trade with each other. Basically, they say to the Church: we will give you consensus on matters of legislation...and we ask you to help us secure electoral consensus. ... On the left, you find Catholics who are more involved in voluntary work, social solidarity, and concern for the Third World."

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