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Susan Sarandon calls Pope Benedict XVI a 'Nazi'

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While the last time most people in these parts heard anything about Susan Sarandon was when she was looking to open a table tennis nightclub in St. Pete, get ready for a little more ink. That tends to happen when people call the pope a Nazi.

Sarandon was being interviewed by actor Bob Balaban at the Bay Street Theatre on Long Island on Saturday when the subject turned to her 1995 movie Dead Man Walking, Newsday said. She noted she sent the Sister Helen Prejean anti-death penalty book to the pope, specifying, "The last one, not this Nazi one we have now."

Apparently Balaban politely tried to admonish her, but the paper says she repeated herself for clarity's sake. Whether she was saying Pope Benedict XVI was dictatorial or referring to his unfortunate past of being conscripted into Nazi Germany's Hitler Youth, we don't know. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, gave TMZ an earful about historical accuracy, however.

"Susan Sarandon's quip about Pope Benedict XVI being a 'Nazi' bespeaks unparalleled ignorance," Donohue said Monday. "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. In short, what Sarandon said is positively obscene."

The Juice* isn't Catholic, so we're going to stay out of this one, but Mrs. Juice*'s mother is sure going to have an opinion about the whole thing.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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