The Anti-Defamation League called on actress Susan Sarandon of “Thelma and Louise” fame to apologize to the Catholic community and anyone else she may have offended by calling the current pope a Nazi.
Sarandon reportedly told an audience last week that when she was working on her 1995 film “Dead man walking”, she sent a copy of the book the movie is based upon to the pope, clarifying that it was to “the last one, not this Nazi one we have now.”
The ADL deemed the comment “disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for.”
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director called on Sarandon to have the “good sense” to apologize to the Catholic community and anyone else she may have offended with her comments.
“Ms. Sarandon may have her differences with the Catholic Church, but that is no excuse for throwing around Nazi analogies. Such words are hateful, vindictive and only serve to diminish the true history and meaning of the Holocaust,” Foxman said in a statement last week.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue called Sarandon “willfully ignorant”, and her comment “obscene”. He explained that while current pope Joseph Ratzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth at the age of 14, just like every other young German boy, unlike most of his peers, he refused to go to meetings, despite the economic hardship this choice brought upon his family.
According to Donohue, the pope left the Nazi youth movement as soon as he could.
The Catholic League president then went on to quote Rabbi David Rosen, the director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee, who claimed in 2005 that it was “rubbish” to maintain that Ratzinger belonged to the Hitler Youth through any choice of his own.
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