The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon on Monday to apologize for "disturbing" remarks in which she referred to Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi.

"The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on actress Susan Sarandon to apologize to the Catholic community and all those she may have offended in referring to the current pope as 'a Nazi,'" a statement from the organization said, adding that her comments were "disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for."

The movie star, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1995 anti-death penalty film "Dead man Walking," said she had sent a copy of the book on which the movie is based to the pope. "The last one. Not this Nazi one we have now," she was reported as saying by New York newspaper Newsday.

Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL's National Director, said that while "Ms. Sarandon may have her differences with the Catholic Church, but that is no excuse for throwing around Nazi analogies," adding that he hoped the actress would have the "good sense" to apologize.

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