Catholic Charities of Chicago rejected a $1,500 donation from Kuma’s Corner, a restaurant that made headlines last week for serving a blasphemous cheeseburger.
Kuma’s Corner began offering “The Ghost” burger on Oct. 1. Prepared with a red wine reduction, there is an unconsecrated Communion wafer on top of the sandwich. The menu refers to this as the body and blood of Christ.
In response to complaints, the restaurant made an online donation last weekend to Catholic Charities, which said it plans to return the money.
“The Eucharist is a central part of the Catholic faith and we strongly urge Kuma’s Corner to discontinue selling a burger that disrespects that faith and the faith of all Christians,” said Kristine Kappell, director of communications for the charity.
The restaurant, which creates burgers based on heavy metal bands, named this one for Swedish band Ghost B.C. whose members perform Satanic lyrics in Roman Catholic costumes.
“In the spirit of our undying reverence for the lord and all things holy, we give you the 'Ghost,' which we think is a fitting tribute to the supreme blasphemous activities carried out by the band itself,” Kuma’s Corner posted on its Facebook page.
The restaurant has said it has no intention of taking the burger off the menu until the end of October.