Theology prof.: Not surprised about black smoke

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March 12, 2013, 3:44 pm
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(NECN) - The first day of the papal conclave passed with black smoke, meaning there is no pope.

Boston College Theology Professor Mary Ann Hinsdale says she isn't surprised by it.

"They need to have 77 in order to get the two-thirds majority and I think that's going to take a little more balloting," she says.

Hinsdale says it's unlikely the next pope will be American.

"Of course, the reasoning behind that is that with the U.S. being a superpower and the papacy being its own kind of superpower in some ways in terms of having a lot of moral weight and authority, this just wouldn't be done," she says.

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