ST. LOUIS -- There is some disappointment in the St. Louis region that Cardinal Timothy Dolan—a St. Louis County native—isn’t the new pope. That disappointment is not shared by his mother.
Shirley Dolan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that her son would have been a wonderful choice, but she is thankful in part because Dolan still comes home often and as pope, that would be impossible.
Dolan, who leads the New York Archdiocese, was considered a long-shot The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was announced as pope on Wednesday, taking the name Pope Francis.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson expressed delight for the choice of a new pontiff. But when asked if he was disappointed that Dolan was not chosen, he replied, “How could you not be?”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.