Cardinal: I decided not to enter the House of Lords
A fascinating story in the Sunday Telegraph today: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor turned down the offer of a peerage from Gordon Brown after consulting his brother bishops.
The Cardinal told the paper:
I did consult widely with Bishops, the Holy See and members of the House of Lords. Ultimately it was my decision to turn down the kind invitation of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Since my retirement as Archbishop of Westminster I have been asked by Pope Benedict XVI to join two important and busy Congregations [to choose Bishops across the world]. I have gladly accepted this honour as the best way of continuing to serve the Church.