|Sarandon slammed for calling Pope a 'Nazi'|
- Tuesday, October 18 2011, 6:02:57 (UTC)|
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Susan Sarandon has been slammed for calling the Pope a Nazi.
The 65-year-old American actress made the comment about Pope Benedict XVI over the weekend during an appearance at the Bay Street Theatre in New York while talking about her 1995 film Dead Man Walking.
She said she had sent a copy of the book it was based on to the Pope, but then clarified which one she was talking about.
"The last one, not this Nazi one we have now," she told interviewer Bob Balaban. When he showed his disapproval of her comments Sarandon allegedly then repeated the comment drawing laughter from the crowd.
Pope John Paul II died in 2005 after serving as the head of the Catholic Church for 26 years.
But Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League told TMZ that the comments made by the Thelma & Louise star were "obscene".
"Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) was conscripted into the Nazi Youth the way every other 14-year-old German boy was at the time," Donohue explained.
"Unlike most others, he not only refused to go to the compulsory meetings - he actually deserted the Hitler Youth. Which is precisely why Jews today regard him as a friend, not as an enemy.
"In short, what Sarandon said is positively obscene."
Sarandon has yet to comment on the furore her words have caused.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/movies/sarandon-slammed-for-calling-pope-a-nazi-20111018-1lubz.html#ixzz1b6tfMfwp
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