The puff of white smoke appeared above the Sistene Chapel Wednesday night in Rome—and members of the Cuomo clan in New York City breathed a sigh of disappointment.
The Roman Catholic family of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they were discouraged by the choice of the traditionalist Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the church’s new Pope.
“I don’t think he’s what we need right now in the Catholic church,” said Madeline Cuomo, Mr. Cuomo’s younger sister. “We’re looking to move the church forward, with gay marriage and women priests. He’s going to turn back the clock.”
And as a bonus, we hopefully now know we shouldn’t have been cheering for Cardinal ThisIsntAboutContraception:
For their part, the Cuomos were rooting for the local choice.
“[Cardinal Timothy] Dolan would probably have been closer to where the church is at the moment,” former Gov. Mario Cuomo said. “It’s the United States and it’s New York and it’s a different kind of personality.”