Kuma's Corner began selling the burger, the Ghost, in recognition of the Swedish band Ghost B.C. But the menu item at the heavy-metal-themed restaurant in the Avondale neighborhood has offended many Christians, including those at Catholic Charities.
"Communion is a central part of the Catholic faith," Kappel said. "We strongly urge Kuma's to discontinue selling a burger that disrespects that faith and the faith of all Christians."
On its Facebook page, Kuma’s explained the burger "in the spirit of our undying reverence for the lord and all things holy." It listed the contents: A 10-ounce patty, chile aioli, braised goat shoulder, white cheddar cheese and two other special ingredients, "Red Wine Reduction (the blood of Christ) with Communion Wafer garnish (the body of Christ)."
After controversy erupted, Kuma’s announced the $1,500 donation, and said the menu item would remain for the rest of this month.
Luke Tobias, director of operations, told the Tribune on Friday: "We’re not trying to say anything against the church … and we kind of have to prove a point because we’re not taking the burger off the menu."