"My predecessor was offered a place in the House of Lords and chose not to accept it and felt that he had a better voice, if you like, outside of Parliament by being a religious leader and there is a bit of me that would feel the same."
He added: "On the other hand, time moves on and there may be something to be said at this stage for someone like me - in retirement - to be part of the House of Lords to enable me to express my views, the views of my church, on social and ethical issues.
"I think that the prime minister wants to bring religious leaders into the House of Lords to make sure that their voice is heard.
"That obviously wouldn't just include myself as a Roman Catholic but also the Chief Rabbi and a prominent Muslim perhaps, because he thinks that these kind of voices in public life have a value."
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor also explained that he had been able to speak to the prime minister whenever he needed to during his tenure.
He said: "If I want to speak to the prime minister I can speak to him, put it that way. "
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Cardinal considers historic Lords move
Cardinal Murphy O'Connor has been talking about becoming a Peer of the Realm, in addition to being as Prince of the Church.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake