Thursday, June 14, 2012

Brooklyn Ecumenism

The New York City Council is considering a plan to "Legalize Brunch," that is to allow sidewalk cafe service before noon on Sundays. This is currently forbidden by an obscure city rule.

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."

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That's interesting. I didn't realize that brunch was such an important, distinctly New York phenomenon until recently. (a. In a graphic arts book "Paris vs. New York; b. In a hipster parody video of some kind I watched on youtube).

Catholic can certainly partake of brunch after Sunday Mass. It makes perfect sense.