However as neither his six-year first marriage to Allegra Mostyn-Owen, nor his second 27-year marriage to Marina Wheeler had been Catholic ceremonies, within the eyes of the church they might be invalid.
Matt Chinery, an ecclesiastical and canon lawyer, instructed Instances Radio on Sunday: “There’s a requirement if you’re a Roman Catholic that you need to have your wedding ceremony overseen by a Roman Catholic priest or deacon.”
He defined that every other type of marriage “just isn’t legitimate except you had earlier permission out of your bishop to marry outdoors of the Catholic church”.
Boris Johnson was baptised as a Catholic, however was confirmed as an Anglican as a teen.
Mr Chinery defined: “What I believe has occurred right here is that the Catholic church has checked out Boris Johnson’s first two marriages (and) seen that he’s a Roman Catholic by baptism.
“They’ve checked out that, mentioned ‘you’re a Catholic since you had been baptised Catholic, your first two weddings weren’t in a Catholic church overseen by a Catholic minister subsequently the Roman Catholic church doesn’t recognise these two marriages as legitimate’.”
He added: “So within the eyes of the Catholic church Boris Johnson wakened final week as someone who wasn’t married and had by no means been married and so was free to marry within the cathedral this weekend.”
Catholic author Catherine Pepinster was of the identical view.
She instructed the Mail on Sunday that as Mr Johnson’s earlier marriages had been “in non-Catholic settings”, the church didn’t recognise them.
“So far as the church is anxious, that is his first marriage,” she mentioned, including: “The others don’t should be annulled.”