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Powerful Catholic Org.

Slams Susan Sarandon

You're Ignorant and Obscene

10/17/2011 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The largest Catholic civil rights organization in the United States is lashing out at Susan Sarandon for referring to Pope Benedict as a "Nazi" this weekend -- calling the comment, "positively obscene."

TMZ spoke with Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, who told us, "Susan Sarandon's quip about Pope Benedict XVI being a 'Nazi' bespeaks unparalleled ignorance."

Donohue adds, "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."

So we gotta ask ...


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136.

KellyinCA    

Susan Sarandon takes an opportunity to make an insightful, informed and reasoned criticism of the Roman Catholic Church's position on sexuality and its historical responses to sexual abuse by priests against children, and blows it in a simplistic, asinine and pathetic joke of a soundbite. "The Pope is a Nazi" is not near the intellectual level of "The Church hierarchy must address more vigorously the accusations of obstruction against the myriad investigations of child sexual abuse by its priests," but leads to the kinds of hair-splitting counter-accusations by small but vocal Catholic organizations with little to do but make such statements.

As a rank-and-file Catholic, I'm offended that Susan Sarandon reduced the discourse about the Church's stances vis a vis modern Western culture to an invocation of Godwin's Law and infantile name-calling. It's made me question the intelligence of some celebrities who've taken a progressive stance in their politics, not because I disagree with those positions in most cases but because it seems as though they're simply spouting off.

1109 days ago
137.

Lulou    

He IS a NAZI. who breeds fear and loathing. They say they are for the right to life but I dont beleive that at all...molesting children and stealing children..BAH GO AWAY CATHOLICS AND THAT IGNORANT PATHETIC LYING NAZI POPE.

1109 days ago
138.

MrsBettyBowers    

Bill Donohue is a joke. Just some annoying, crazy boozer with a keyboard.

And what Sarandon said is historical fact. Deal with it.

1109 days ago
139.

teedofftaxpayer    

And this is the same spokesperson that said the Catholic Priest didn't molest kids? And this particular Pope dismissed charges that a Priest did molest a kid when in fact it was proven.

The Catholics did support the Nazis that was proven. They had hoped the nazis would eliminate the jewish people so they could gain Religious domination.

1109 days ago
140.

LIN    

Yeah...coming from a communist...nothing she could say would surprise me...

1109 days ago
141.

Azn    

She is very uninformed, if you don't know the info, don't say it. I wonder, would she call Obama a Muslim?

1109 days ago
142.

Strace    

I agree with her. How many German Nazi's came out with that 'I had to do it but didn't really mean it' BS after the war?? Kinda like the Death Eaters I guess LOL Seriously, the Catholic Church have no right to point fingers. These are people who cover up molestation of children right? Comdemn the use of condoms??? Yeah, what an institution.

1109 days ago
143.

lee    

The Pope may or may not be a Nazi but I do know that
he has a pair of the scariest eyes I have ever seen.
There is nothing about him that looks comforting or
kind.

1109 days ago
144.

Politico Pablo    

Guess she doesn't like the Pope. All good Germans were required to support the Reich during the war. And the party was the government.

1109 days ago
145.

Alarmed    

I was raised catholic and 100% back Sarandon in her comments. Indeed I would call the entire Vatican "obscene". In any case, any organisation that protects child molesters does NOT get to call anyone else obscene.

1109 days ago
146.

ratbag    

Bill Donohue, spinmeister-in-chief, for every pedophile cover up and Catholic scandal is certainly not in a position to be calling anyone else "obscene".

1109 days ago
147.

WCK604    

Donohue calling anyone ignorant is hypocritical to the level of being laughable.

1109 days ago
148.

Realist    

I would say she better watch out, she may lose a job like Bocephus did, but this trick hasn't had a real job in years. Her career flamed out when she opened her stupid yap.

1109 days ago
149.

Bernice Madoff    

When your Hollywood career is washed out, and your old and undesirable in all respects, its time to get attraction anyway anyhow. RUF RUF

1109 days ago
150.

steverino    

If Sarandon wants to be relevant again she had better drop her top because that is all she ever had going for her! She along with Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin and Mikey Moore are the most vile, ignorant Hollywood has to offer!

1109 days ago
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