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Catholic Charities Rejects Kuma's Corner's Donation Amid Communion Wafer Burger Dustup

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It appears the Archdiocese of Chicago doesn't want anything to do with the olive branch Kuma's Corner offered after the restaurant's latest burger -- topped with a communion wafer -- was deemed offensive by many area Catholics.

The heavy metal-themed Chicago restaurant claimed Friday in a Facebook post that it had made a $1,500 donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese after their "Ghost" burger attracted national headlines and was called a "mockery" of a central Catholic symbol.

In a Monday statement, Catholic Charities said "we have not received nor will we accept a donation from Kuma's Corner," WLS reported.

"Communion is a central part of the Catholic faith. We strongly urge Kuma's to discontinue selling a burger that disrespects that faith and the faith of all Christians," the statement continued.

The "Ghost" burger is topped with ghost chile aioli, goat shoulder and white cheddar cheese plus "the blood of christ" (a red wine reduction) and "the body of christ" (an unconsecrated communion wafer). It was named in honor of the theatrical Swedish band Ghost B.C., who played Lollapalooza this summer (see below).

In its Friday statement, Kuma's also referenced the first amendment in its defense of the controversial burger, adding the burger will continue to be available at its 2900 W. Belmont Ave. location through the end of the month.

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