A North East priest is at the centre of a religious row which could split the Church of England over the issue of homosexuality.
The Reverend Jonathan Pryke was earlier this month consecrated an Anglican bishop by the leader of a hardline Anglican church in South Africa at a ceremony in Newcastle .
Church of England officials say they knew nothing about it and see it as a challenge to their authority.
The Rev Pryke, 57, is curate at Jesmond parish church in Newcastle and has ‘orthodox’ views on homosexuality and is against same sex relationships.
While the Church of England does not support same-sex marriage it has called for a more welcoming attitude towards gay worshippers.