Looking around at the press, I find some people hoping for a liberal to succeed Benedict. After 35 years of a conservative Papacy and correspondingly conservative appointments, this is wildly unrealistic. Here's one of the leading candidates, Marc Ouellet, head of the office of bishops in the Vatican:
In 2005, Cardinal Ouellet, who was then the archbishop of Quebec and primate of Canada’s Catholic Church, warned that legalizing gay marriage “threatens to unleash nothing less than cultural upheaval whose negative consequences are still impossible to predict."
This attitude more or less follows the present Pope:
Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.
So don't get your hopes up.
SCOOP FROM THE ONION: WHY THE POPE RESIGNED!!!!