The pope’s entire career has the stench of evil about it.
By Christopher Hitchens|Posted Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 12:00 PM ET
Citing wavering strength of mind and body, Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision to resign from the papacy at the end of February. He will be the first pope to abdicate in nearly six centuries. In 2010, as allegations of pedophilic priests continued to swirl, Christopher Hitchens decried individual and institutional corruption within the church’s sacred walls. His original article is reprinted below.