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Mass. residents disappointed as O'Malley bypassed

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Photo from Archdiocese of Boston - Cardinal Sean O'Malley meets Pope Francis in Buenos Aires, Dec. 2010 Photo from Archdiocese of Boston - Cardinal Sean O'Malley meets Pope Francis in Buenos Aires, Dec. 2010

BOSTON (AP) - Clergy sex abuse victim Bernie McDaid's says he's disappointed that Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley won't be the new pope.

He says O'Malley's selection would have signaled a church ready to reckon with its sex abuse problem. But now he just sees a church more interested in uniting its hierarchy.

But former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn said the humble Argentine Jorge Bergoglio is in many ways similar to O'Malley. He said the heavy buzz around O'Malley gave the world a chance to know his good work.

O'Malley wasn't considered a serious contender when he left for Rome. But his plain style and reputation for cleaning of dioceses plagued by sex abuse scandals caught attention.

Boston College theology professor Thomas Groome said, at 68, O'Malley is still young enough to contend in the next conclave.

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