An aging maverick, Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets

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John Shelby Spong sits at his desk at his New Jersey home on Sept. 12, 2013. The liberal churchman writes longhand with a fountain pen on yellow legal pads. RNS photo by David Gibson

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MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (RNS) Many of the views that once turned the former Episcopal bishop of Newark into a modern-day heretic are now regarded as so matter-of-fact that they barely occasion much notice.