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With Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation yesterday, what would Washington’s most prominent critic of the Catholic Church like to see in his replacement? I visited John Wojnowski, who’s held various molestation scandal-related banners outside the Vatican’s Apostolic Nunciature on Massachusetts Avenue for the past 14 years, to find out.

Wojnowski, who says he was himself molested by a priest as a boy, is hoping that the pope’s replacement is  more liberal on issues like celibacy. And while he has a favorite candidate—someone from Latin America—he couldn’t immediately remember his name.

Wojnowski says he was initially surprised by Benedict’s announcement, but thinks the resignation makes sense. “He cannot face reality,” says Wojnowski. “He’s a coward.”

Photo by Arin Greenwood.