A Chicago eatery is selling a 10-ounce burger topped by an unconsecrated communion wafer bearing a cross and cooking up a religious controversy in the process.
Kuma’s Corner, a nine-table restaurant, created the “Ghost” burger, which is drizzled with a red wine reduction sauce and topped with the wafer, The Associated Press reports
. The $17 burger is named after the Swedish band Ghost, which dresses in religious robes.
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Jeff Young, producer of the Catholic Foodie blog, thought the burger went beyond poor taste.
"It's not the Eucharist, but it's still symbolic," Young told The Chicago Tribune. "For us as Catholics, the Eucharist is more than a symbol
, it's a sacrament. At the same time, it doesn't mean that symbols aren't important. ... It is a mockery of something that is holy. The same thing could be said of the band itself."
"People have been kind of upset," Director of Operations Luke Tobias told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday. “The thing with this is, the communion wafer is unconsecrated, so until that happens, it's really just a cracker."
Hundreds of people have posted on Kuma's Facebook page
that they plan to order the burger. In a Facebook post, Tobias and Michael Cain thanked “the vast majority of people” for realizing they were not attacking religion.
“In standing with our policy of supporting charity and Chicago at large, we have made a $1,500 dollar donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese as we understand that they share our mentality of serving anyone in need from any walk of life,” they wrote.
Customers can request the burger without the wafer or with additional ones.
Twitter drew a mixed reaction about the burger.
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