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Cardinal speaks out on Royal marriage ban

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said the British constitution should be changed so members of the Royal Family can marry a Catholic.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor suggested politicians should look at the issue because it is an anomaly and "rather odd".

He told the BBC: "I think in due time when it is right, I think the issue about the question of whether one of the Royal Family can marry a Roman Catholic is something that should be addressed, certainly.

"It is rather odd. A member of the Royal Family can marry probably anybody, except for Roman Catholics, so I think there are some anomalies there."

He said the issue is something he will have to consult other church leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey, about. He says it is something that should be looked at in the near future.

"I think a lot of people in this country would think that it is an unnecessary bar and anomaly which should be removed."