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The Bishop and the ‘secret’

By David Herman  

Last week’s New Yorker (March 3) contains a very moving piece by Honor Moore, daughter of Paul Moore, the former bishop of New York. It is entitled, ‘The Bishop’s Daughter’ and subtitled ‘A father, a faith, and a secret.’ The ‘secret’, you will not be surprised to hear, is that he was apparently gay and, unknown to his family, had a long, secret (and it seems very happy) gay affair.

All parents, of course, are a mystery to their children. This is at the heart of a series of beautifully written memoirs in recent years, among them Louise Kehoe’s book…

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