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Is the 'Communion burger' in poor taste?
The "Ghost" burger at Kuma's Corner in Chicago features a "Communion wafer garnish."
October 3rd, 2013
12:50 PM ET

Is the 'Communion burger' in poor taste?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) Mmm - sacralicious?

A Chicago restaurant is pushing the boundaries of bad taste with its October Burger of the Month.

Kuma's Corner, a heavy-metal themed joint with an "Eat beef; bang your head" ethos, says its new burger is an homage to Ghost, a Swedish band that performs satanic songs in Catholic clerical garb.

"The Ghost" burger features a "Communion wafer garnish," a white, unleavened disc bearing the imprint of a cross and a crown.

Ghost's new album comes complete with grape juice and a mock Communion wafer. Not coincidentally, the Communion burger at Kuma's comes with a red wine reduction.

For those unfamiliar with the Christian sacrament, Holy Communion commemorates Jesus' Last Supper. The bread represents his body, Jesus says in the Bible, and the wine his blood. In many Christian traditions, a priest or minister will consecrate the wafers and wine before sharing them with the congregation.

Luke Tobias, director of operations for Kuma's, said the restaurant's Communion wafers are not consecrated, and thus, not really holy. "It's more or less a cracker with a cross on it," he said. The restaurant bought the wafers online from an e-Bay-type website.

They're not trying to make a big religious statement, Tobias said, just trying to have fun honoring a band they like.

"If there is a God, I'm sure he has a sense of humor."

Some of God's peoples seem to get the joke, according to Kuma's.  A Presbyterian minister who ate the burger yesterday posted a message on Facebook saying that "sacrilege never tasted so good," Tobias said.

But other Christians have a beef with Kuma's burger.

Tobias said Kuma's phones have been ringing off the hook, with some saying that putting a Communion host on a burger is like waving the American flag over a fire.

Jeffrey Young, who runs a podcast and blog called "Catholic Foodie," called the Ghost burger "crass and offensive."

"For us, as Catholics, the Eucharist is the body and blood and soul of divinity itself," said Young. "Although the Communion wafer is not a consecrated host, it's still symbolic, and symbols are important."

There's one thing that Tobias and Young agree on, however: Communion wafers are not particularly tasty.

"From a culinary standpoint," Young said, "it's kind of worthless."

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith • Food

soundoff (683 Responses)
  1. regenesis0

    I bet if you deep-fried that wafer it would be tasty.

    October 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
  2. vmv

    Of course, it is not consecrated. However, this is obviously meant as an insult to Christ & the Catholic Church. I don't think that God finds it humorous.

    October 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • JWT

      Not everyone cares what some god thinks about it.

      October 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
      • bootyfunk

        back at ya, jerk

        October 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      and you claim authority to speak for god?

      October 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
      • bootyfunk

        u will weep and gnash ur teeth and plead with him 2 kll u and u won't be able 2 escape.

        i speak for your god

        October 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • regenesis0

      I doubt that God finds it humorous too, but I don't think he gets is knickers in a twist over it either. More of an annoyed eye-roll.
      (The Holy Spirit finds this hilarious though.)

      October 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
      • bootyfunk

        dodo is 2 clever! 1st graders fall for her impersonations all the time.

        October 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
  3. madredeseis

    It is sooooo easy to mock Catholics as this band Ghost does and Kuma, but not so easy to mock Muslims is it?

    October 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • alohalady14

      Amen to that..........I wish ALL of these anti-Christian/Catholic people would realize that !!!

      They have no idea how much they represent the devil when they come out with the things they say.......if only they would realize that, although I believe that, sadly, "some" of them actually do.

      October 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
  4. Christine

    Poor Taste! People will do anything to make a buck!

    October 10, 2013 at 3:20 am |
    • sam stone

      yeah, like pimping out god to make a buck

      October 10, 2013 at 6:38 am |
      • bootyfunk

        u no. u speak 4 all skancie preeverts. lol

        October 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  5. lilsparkee

    Honestly, you are all missing the point. It's glue ! There is nothing religious about it until it is blessed. Get off your high horse. If you want a glue burger, help yourself. Otherwise, the intent as to gather press, which they absolutely did.

    October 9, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • internetgranny

      Sorry, but I think that it is you who is missing the point. Saying nothing religious about it until it is blessed is missing the point.
      Otherwise why would they do it? It is a statement against the Catholic Church which is what the group is all about that they say they are 'honouring' Got the point yet?

      October 10, 2013 at 1:02 am |
      • bootyfunk

        it is about baiting christians

        October 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
        • Baiting

          Baiting is what cult leaders do to get you to believe anything. Anger shuts off the prefrontal cortex.

          October 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
  6. AFF

    Respect is a lost quality. Only when we can re-learn it will we be able to work together and promote peace.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
  7. WRT

    Dear Catholics and Christians watching postings to this site by beings such as sam stone and jwt. PLESAE...see that this is the work of satin. DO NOT! allow yourselves to be subject to anger or the sin of hatred because of agents of lucifer.

    Can't you see what they are trying to do? They are following the agenda of their father, lucifer and the hords of hell. lucifer's time to reep souls from God is running out and he is using any tactic to further his agenda..By responding to the stupid and satanic farter these devil worsopers spit out with their forked tongues, make us subject to their fate of burning in hell for all eternity with lucifer and his hord.

    Do not fall prey to these non-belivers who will, in time, learn the outcome of their stupidity. We can only pray that they come to see the error of their believes and convictions in time to save their souls. For those that believe in God, no explination is necessary. For those that do not, no explination is possible.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • lilsparkee

      If you could spell, we could take your rant more seriously.

      October 9, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
    • sam stone

      yes, this is the work of satin

      it was going to the work of chenille, but i decided that it should be the work of satin instead

      wrt: jeebus is waiting. why don't you meet him halfway?

      do you have a sidearm, or tall buildings where you live?

      come on, bigmouth

      put up or shut the fvck up

      cvnt

      October 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
      • WRT

        CORRECTION... My lase blog was ment for Sam Stone rather than JWT, but if the shoe fits..........

        October 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  8. Don

    let me add to the conversation by saying you are stoking the fires of Hell for yourself, what you don't believe in that,? you will when you arrive there . your guilty conscience is showing Pal for reasons other than this.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  9. Lilian Josefina

    Father Lugger. Thank you so much for posting your comment and to all the people who are not afraid to stand for Truth, Who is a Person. Our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray for the Truth to reign... and it will. Thank you Lord. I love You with all my heart can bear.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • sam stone

      beware of those who capitalize "truth". it isn't truth they seek, but THEIR "truth"

      October 10, 2013 at 6:41 am |
  10. Claudia Sanchez

    In the times we live in, the least thing we can do is to make fun of our Faith; where we draw the line? we forgot what respect is all about, look around, we can see demonstrations for gay rights, pro-choice, freedom of speach, etc. yet we lack to respect faith. A NATION UNDER GOD... freedom doesn't mean that anyone has the right to offend others. we all have rights, I have the right to be respected as a Catholic.

    October 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • sam stone

      freedom doesn't mean you have a right not to be offended

      October 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • sam stone

      "freedom doesn't mean that anyone has the right to offend others"

      yes it does

      it is called free speech

      deal with it, okay?

      October 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
      • WRT

        If you really believe that disrespecting people is a freedom right, them you won't mind me saying that yoy are an ignorant
        nobody with as much braim matter of a snail. No, rather whale poop which is at the bottom of the sea.

        October 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
        • sam stone

          free speech is a freedom

          what is said may be rude, or tasteless, but it is still a freedom

          say whatever you wish about me

          d-bag

          October 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • JWT

      One nation under god is mcartyism – not something to be proud of. Besides there are a lot of gods and a no god as well. Christians have shown clearly they have no respect for other faiths in general. That does not apply to everyone of course. Some things religion are utterly deserving of no respect,

      October 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  11. Pilar

    hmmm...maybe that is ia good idea Alice....use the koran, put cheese, ketchup (lots of it) pickles, vinegar, bbq sauce, potatoes and take a nice picture to promote it, prepare it, sell it and let SEE HOW FAR THEY GET TO HAVE SOMEONE EAT ONE OF THESE...

    October 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  12. Sheila Flanagan

    The least we can do is say a Rosary of Reparation for the multi-faceted offenses inflicted by the culture we've allowed to evolve – from the burger joint dishing up burgers with communion wafers on them, to the likes of the rock band musicians and their sacrilegious repertoire.

    October 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Pilar

      amen...check america needs fatima website, we are holding rosaries all over the nation on Saturday, october 12th exactly at 12 noon...if you are in the wpb area my location for the rosary is: 1155 South Congress Avenue, wpb fl 33406. i hope to see you there...pass the word if you dont mind!!!

      October 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • sam stone

      "The least we can do is....."

      That's why prayer is so popular. It is literally the least you can do

      October 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  13. Pilar

    MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON WHOEVER DID THIS....THIS IS A BLASPHEMY, MOCKERY TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST....NO ONE GETS AWAY FROM GODS JUDGEMENT....STOP THIS BLASPHEMY AND REPENT...

    October 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • JWT

      You have incorrectly decribed jesus christ as "our" lord. Please don't do that.

      October 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
      • Pilar

        What do you mean? Jesus is OUR LORD...explain please?

        October 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
        • JWT

          Jesus may be your Lord but he is in no way shape or form my lord of any kind.

          October 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • sam stone

      judgement is a bad joke played on the gullible. your lord only applies to those who accept your book of mythology

      October 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  14. Alice McCloskey

    God forgive you, you sacriligious oaf!!!

    October 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Pilar

      sacrilegious....blasphemy....arggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....JESUS COME PLEASE....

      October 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Claire bear

      I'm not especially religious but I am sorry you guys are upset. I'm all for freedom of speech but if its upsetting people maybe it might be a good time to tone it down a notch?

      October 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
  15. jed clampett

    Yummmmm! Tastes just like Jesus.

    October 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • Pilar

      Satan get behind me....

      October 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
      • jed clampett

        Are you saying that Satan has your back? And what else are communion wafers supposed to taste like if not Jesus? You fundamentalists confuse me.

        October 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
        • Pilar

          Jed, your comment is blasphemous, thats what i meant, your comment is one that Satan loves, because it is offensive to GOD OUR LORD!! You would never hear those words from someone that loves JESUS. Jesus always is in front of me, when Satan tryies to get in front of me i rebuke him and send him back where he belongs HELL...your comments is offensive to those who love and respect our JESUS...if you love JESUS, retract the comment...

          October 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
        • Pilar

          by the way i am not a fundamentalists, i am a Catholic!!! so if you are confused you are welcome to go to our Church and get clarification from a priest...God bless you and keep you and help you understand...

          October 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
        • jed clampett

          So Pilar doesn't believe that there are Catholic fundamentalists? I myself am a monotheist. I walk and talk with my god on a very personal level. The only blasphemy around here is the religious dogma spewed. Man created religion, not god.

          October 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
        • PILAR

          not worth a response Jed. I will pray for you...
          The only blasphemy around here is the religious dogma spewed. Man created religion, not god as you say.... yikes...READ YOUR BIBLE IF YOU DONT HAVE ONE, BUY ONE...HOW LOST ARE YOU....wow...

          October 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
        • sam stone

          is that what you kids call it now, clarification?

          in the old days, it was called molestation

          did the priest clarify you when yo were a wee lad?

          October 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
      • sam stone

        "jesus, please come, satan get behind me"

        sounds like a religious adult film

        i hope they are using protection

        October 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  16. Ric Aielli

    I am highly offended. What do you think Jesus thinks of it?

    October 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The physics of transubstantiation are difficult to understand, that's for sure.
      Would Jesus mind if you cooked His flesh to a nice medium rare and stuck it between two slices of bread, or does He command only "Saviour Tartar"?
      Should God's blood be served chilled or at room temperature?

      October 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        Shouldn't the Blood be kept in purple-top tubes to, you know, prevent clotting?

        October 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          It only turns onto blood during the ceremony, at which point you drink it immediately.
          Changing wine to blood and just leaving it on the counter is bad form.

          Would you crack a beer and leave it on the patio overnight before drinking it?

          October 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          You're right about the beer, of course. However, I've had another thought. The clots might be used in a sort of sacramental poutine. Maybe the clots would be squeaky, like cheese curds.

          October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
        • Frank

          I do believe you are correct, Tom. Before they dumbed down the nursery rhyme for kids, it was:

          Weak old Pope Alexander
          had to give communion from the alter
          eating His curds and Way

          October 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
        • Frank

          *sat* to give communion from the alter

          October 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
      • Alice McCloskey

        God forgive you, you sacriligious oaf!!!

        October 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  17. Suggestion box

    Add a zipper to it and give it to Lady Gaga. She can wear it at her next show.

    October 9, 2013 at 8:40 am |
  18. A. Reasoner

    What's more sacrilegious than communion? Besides offending Zeus it is an affront to rationality. Wafers are just as magical if someone has whispered over them as Krispy Kremes are after the clerk says "how many?" OK, Krispy Kremes CAN magically transform your body in a number of ways. That's "transfatstantiation."

    October 8, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  19. I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

    It's poor taste in the sense that it looks like it would taste disgusting. Jesus burgers should be appetizing.

    October 8, 2013 at 7:11 am |
  20. billy

    Does that come with fries?

    October 8, 2013 at 5:49 am |
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