I've often said (though I probably wasn't the first) that Catholicism and Brunch are New York City's largest religions. That makes Msgr. Joseph Calise, pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn one of the city's leaders in ecumenical dialogue:
"'There'd really be no reason not to support them as long as they're not blocking free passage of anybody else.'
"Anyway, he said, church and brunch can co-exist.
"'If someone comes to an 8 a.m. Mass here, they go to a 10 o'clock brunch, it's not an either/or proposition,' he said."