Susan Sarandon Calls Pope a Nazi Catholic League boss calls quip 'unparalleled' ignorance By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Oct 18, 2011 12:42 AM CDT 57 comments Comments Actress Susan Sarandon was slammed by the Catholic League for pope put-down. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (Newser) – Actress Susan Sarandon is not a huge fan of the pope. In fact, she called Benedict XVI a Nazi—twice—at a British film festival. She mentioned that she sent the pope a copy of the book Dead Man Walking, then clarified that she sent it to the last pope, "not this Nazi one we have now." The Vatican has admitted Benedict was a member of the Hitler Youth group, but says he was enrolled against his will. "Susan Sarandon's quip about Pope Benedict being a Nazi bespeaks unparalleled ignorance," Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, tells TMZ. "Unlike most others, he not only refused to go to the compulsory meetings, he deserted the Hitler Youth."