Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's interview with The Sunday Telegraph
posted on 11 February 2008
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, published on Sunday 10th February 2008, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has emphasised the central contribution of Christianity to British values.
'The Judeo-Christian heritage and the values that have flown from that, ... they're the only values that cement society in this country - democracy, the dignity of the person, care for the poor, justice.'
He also made clear that religious belief and values had a vital contribution to make to public life. 'People of whatever religion are part of British society. I accept we live in a secular country, but a secular country means that everyone should have the freedom to have their say and make their contribution in the public space.
'What I object to is the fact that people say they don't like Christians speaking in the public space. Christianity doesn't demand special privileges, but we demand the right to express our conscientious views on what we believe to be the common good.'
Moving to the mainstream
In the interview, which was conducted on Thursday 7th February, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor commented that, as has been the experience for Catholics, the Muslim community too would move to the mainstream of society.
'Muslim families need to contribute beyond their own families to the common good, and then gradually it will happen to their children, their grandchildren, that they will become a normal part of this country and, indeed, cherish those values that should be common to everyone.'