By Kevin Coughlin
John Shelby Spong, the prolific author and retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, is “doing better” after being felled by a stroke over the weekend, according to Rector Janet Broderick of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.
“I have been in touch with Christine Spong [the bishop’s wife] and even listened to Jack’s voice on the cell phone. He is doing better and will be returning to New Jersey as soon as he can travel comfortably. This is good news indeed,” Broderick said Monday in a message to parishioners.
Bishop Spong, 85, had the stroke on Saturday before a speaking engagement in Marquette, MI, according to the diocese. He is hospitalized in guarded condition.
The liberal Christian theologian celebrated his 40th anniversary as a bishop in June at St. Peter’s, where he is a frequent lecturer and guest preacher.
He has authored more than 20 books, including Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy and Eternal Life: A New Vision, and he has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, among other national TV programs.
Marie Pfeifer contributed to this report.