Very sorry to learn of the death of the Reverend John G.B. Andrew OBE, DD, Rector of Saint Thomas Church in New York from 1972 to 1996; he later returned to the staff there as Rector Emeritus. A native of Yorkshire in England, he preached many times before the Royal Family and was a friend of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, on whose own death in 2002 he preached at Saint Thomas a sermon commemorating her. His voice in the pulpit sounded like what one would imagine a Prophet of the Old Testament would sound like if he spoke with an English accent. As Rector he turned what despite its splendid architecture had been liturgically a rather lackluster Low Church establishment into the home of undoubtedly the finest High Church Anglican worship in the United States, working in a unique partnership with music director Gerre Hancock (1934-2012).I didn't know him but I know the type; my late rector was a Tridentine-looking version. They do make High Anglicanism look appealing: culturally conservative and formal/mannerly, but also with an English humaneness few outsiders understand. Too bad the Thomas Day factor seems at work in New York: if Cardinal Cooke and Bishop O'Hara were such good friends with him, and I knew a priest in New Jersey who was a fan of his Christmas broadcasts, why no high church in the archdiocese under Cooke? And if Fr. Andrew was so great, why'd he stick around with the Modernism including women priests? Patriotism/anglophilia trumps orthodoxy? It was probably because of semi-congregationalism: full parishes (not missions) are autonomous; St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue's being rich helped. It seems to me St. Thomas is the Episcopal diocese's most conservative parish (my guess is Tridentine-looking Resurrection's gay) because of that. Very Prayer Book Catholic since Fr. Andrew. Still actually conservative under Fr. Mead: keep quiet about some stuff (neither promote nor condemn the heresy: Anglican fudge) and you can practically be your own Pope. Anyway, looking at and listening to St. Thomas' site I'm culturally home (but am papalistically higher); the diocesan site reminds me of my visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine — I feel nothing; God's not there. (Paul VI's English Novus Ordo in the '80s felt similar.) Liberal high church is obviously in the same tradition as Fr. Andrew; I don't repeat conservative misconceptions about it. It's not Spong: it's as credally orthodox, sacramental, and liturgically conservative and high as we traditional Catholics are. Unlike Catholic liberals they think "old church" is fun. But "they are not what we were." Get thee behind me, Episcopal Church. You're not worth critiquing anymore. Great quote from here. I don't think we'll see Fr. Andrew's likes again.