Boris Johnson spoke at the G7 summit in Cornwall (Image: Getty)
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Boris Johnson quoted from the Bible yesterday as appeared to confirm he believes in God.
The thrice-married Prime Minister borrowed from Psalm 14, verse one in a bid to settle ongoing questions about his faith.
The Conservative leader's religion has been under the spotlight since his wedding to bride Carrie last month.
The pair tied the knot in Westminster Cathedral, the mother church for Roman Catholics in Britain.
But the service sparked questions about whether the PM had abandoned Anglicanism.
The Prime Minister married his fiancee Carrie Symonds in a Catholic cathedral
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(Image: Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds got married on Saturday, with a reception in the Downing Street garden)
Asked by ITV yesterday if he was “a practising Roman Catholic”, he told journalist Robert Peston: “I don’t discuss these deep issues, certainly not with you.”
Asked directly if he believes in God, the PM replied: “'The foolish man has said in his heart, there is no God'. I’ll leave it at that.”
The quotation is from the Book of Psalms and suggests only foolish people are unbelievers.
Twice-divorced Mr Johnson was only allowed to marry in Westminster Cathedral because of a loophole in Catholic Canon Law.
Rules ban the marriages of a divorcee whose former spouse is still alive.
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But while the faith does not allow divorcees to marry in its churches, because the PM's two previous other marriages were “in non-Catholic settings”, they were not recognised by the Church – meaning his wedding to Carrie was treated as his first.
The ceremony prompted questions about which Christian denomination Mr Johnson was signed up to.
He was reportedly baptised as a Catholic but confirmed as an Anglican as a teenager.
If he is now a Roman Catholic, he would have to delegate a little-known power to another minister.
Technically, the PM formally advises the Queen on the appointments of Church of England bishops.
But the 1829 Roman Catholic Relief Act, passed when the Duke of Wellington was PM, says that no “person professing the Roman Catholic religion” is allowed to advise the monarch on the selection of Church of England bishops.
In practice, the Church chooses bishops.
But last week it was reported that when the issue arises, another minister would be chosen by Buckingham Palace to advise the Queen on appointments.
Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland QC is understood to be the prime candidate for the role.