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The pope is a 'Nazi': Susan Sarandon

Yes, you read right. Renowned actor Susan Sarandon called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi. Naturally, Catholic civil rights activists are upset and have even called Sarandon's remark 'positively obscene'. In an interview she said...

entertainment Updated: Oct 18, 2011 15:49 IST

Yes, you read right. Renowned actor Susan Sarandon called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi. She told an interviewer at the Hamptons Film Festival of having previously sent the pope a copy of the book, 'Dead Man Walking' though stopped to clarify which pope she meant. 'The last one, not this Nazi one we have now,' she corrected.



In fact, she even repeated the remark for the benefit of the crowd that burst into laughter. However, Catholic civil rights activists are not amused.



Susan Pope"Susan Sarandon's quip about Pope Benedict XVI being a 'Nazi' bespeaks unparalleled ignorance," Catholic League president Bill Donohue told The Daily Mail.



He added, "Joseph Ratzinger [the pope] was conscripted into the Nazi Youth the way every other 14-year-old German boy was at the time. Unlike most others, he not only refused to go to the compulsory meetings, but actually deserted the Hitler Youth! Which is precisely why Jews today regard him as a friend, not as an enemy."



Representatives for the current Pope Benedict XVI, too, acknowledge his membership in the Hitler Youth, however, as a boy.