Bill Maher by Janet Van Ham/HBO Bill Maher by Janet Van Ham/HBO

Comedian Bill Maher will apologize tonight for calling Pope Benedict XVI "a Nazi" and Catholicism a "child-abusing religious cult" on last week's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher (Friday at 11 pm/ET, HBO).

He'll apologize specifically to the Catholic League, which took issue with his statements and demanded the apology.

The group received a phone call from an HBO executive on Thursday advising them that Maher will apologize tonight. - J.R. Whalen