Eddie Slade, also of Bel Air, took a different view.
"I'm glad we have a pope and it sounds like his policies are going to be trying to get the church back to the basics, and I'm all for that," Slade said.
'It's really cool'
At Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Edgewood, Joe Rozanski asked the several dozen people gathered for a Wednesday night bingo tournament what they thought of the new pope.
Small shouts of "yippee" and cheers rose in response to the bingo leader's question.
One of the excited attendees was Josie Cosgrove, of Abingdon.
"I was ecstatic. I was on Facebook, on the Washington Post when it said the smoke had come in," she recalled.
Cosgrove was eager to have a South American pope.
"I think the Hispanics are so under-recognized," she said. "I think it's kind of interesting, because I am Polish. I was ecstatic when the pope was Polish, and he brought on a lot of change and reform, and they compared [Bergoglio] to that pope."
Cosgrove said it did not appear anyone expected a pope from Argentina.
She noted, however, that "his parents were from Italy, so the Italians got a little bit their way."
"I just think it's really cool," she said, smiling.
Barbara Arnold, of Abingdon, said her family talked about the pope at their dinner table.
She was one of several residents to describe the new pontiff as "humble."
"I was very happy and I thought they picked a really good one," Arnold said. "You could tell that they did the best they could because they picked someone who was very humble, and I think he is going to lead the church in the right direction."
One thing Arnold did not like was "the spoofs" she saw on TV making fun of the pope.
"It was ridiculous," she noted.
Joan Chavis, of Abingdon, and Virginia Berkowitz, of Forest Hill, who sat next to each other at the bingo table, said they thought residents were generally happy with the election.
"We are pretty well-pleased. From his background, I think he is going to be good," Chavis said. "I was happy. I watched [the conclave] all day."
Berkowitz added: "He seems like a very humble man."
She cautioned that it is too soon to say more, as his whole background is still being revealed.
In the meantime, she said: "I thought he started out fantastic."