Susan Sarandon: The pope is a 'nazi'
Catholic civil rights activists are not taking Susan Sarandon's label of the pope as a 'Nazi' lightly, calling the remark 'positively obscene'.
The leader of America's largest Catholic civil rights organization, The Catholic League, said 'Susan Sarandon's quip about Pope Benedict XVI 'bespeaks unparalleled ignorance'.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue continued, saying '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. He actually deserted the Hitler Youth! Which is precisely why Jews today regard him as a friend, not as an enemy.
Mr Donohue's comments come after Ms Sarandon 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.
But her interviewer expressed a gentle disapproval in return.
To either prompt or relieve a light-hearted audience, Ms Serandon said it again to laughter from the crowd.