Someone named Amanda Marcotte wrote a blog post at Slate saying: (1) we should not care about whom the College of Cardinals chooses at a papal conclave to be the next Pope; and (2) the next pope will continue the "war" on women and gay people. I am pretty sure that war is used in the figurative sense as I feel like we would have heard about a literal war on women and gay people before now.
It is not really clear whether Ms. Marcotte has some special knowledge into the election of the next Pope. It is not even clear whether Ms. Marcotte is Roman Catholic. I suspect she is not given that she thinks that the message the Pope brings to the world is that "God has it out for gays and women." I've been going to Mass regularly my whole life and I cannot say I have ever heard that message (although I will admit that I have dozed off during some homilies).
If the Catholic Church is at war with women and gay people, it is a pretty strange war. With respect to women it would seem the war consists entirely of the position that women can't be priests. That doesn't seem like much of a limitation to me. After all, the most famous Catholic person of our lifetime is probably Mother Teresa. One might say John Paul II but Mother Teresa was famous long before him. To characterize the Catholic Church as being at "war" with women also overlooks that for the vast majority of its history, the Church was more open-minded about the role of women in the Church than any country was about the role of women in society. This isn't to say that the Catholic Church is still leading the way on the role of women—it isn't. But if one is going to criticize the Church's position, it seems to me that one has to acknowledge that it is only in the last 40 years or so that the Church fell behind society in its treatment of women.
Regarding homosexuals, it is true that the Catholic Church (like virtually every other religious denomination) does not condone same-sex marriage. However, the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality says that gay people "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity." The Church also teaches that "Every sign of unjust discrimination" towards gay people "should be avoided." These statements can only be interpreted as having it "out for gays" on Bizzaro World.
Finally, as for Ms. Marcotte's "knowing" that the next Pope will not do anything to change the Catholic Church's position on women or gay people. In 1958 no one thought that the College of Cardinals would elect a pope who would change the Catholic Church's position on mass in the vernacular, the role of the lay people in the Catholic Church, or confess—on behalf of the church—to the sin of anti-semitism. However, the Pope they elected did exactly that. No one knows how the next Pope will treat these issues. The late Raymond Lucker, Bishop of New Ulm —in addition to supporting the ordination of women—wrote a book that discussed the many ways the church has changed its thinking on issues that, at the time, seemed like immutable positions. Maybe Ms. Marcotte should give it a look.