I suppose that the first thing I would do after choosing a name (I’d go with my baptismal name, since it’s the one God used to call me into the church) is to stand on the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, and tell everyone that they are beloved children of God—rich and poor, young and old, man and woman, gay and straight, married and divorced, believing and agnostic and even atheist. God loves you because God created you. And the ones who feel most marginalized, I would tell the crowd in my poor Italian, are the ones to whom the church must love the most, as Jesus did...Gays and lesbians next, certainly the least listened-to group in the church. What are their experiences? The new pope will want to know--and listen.
Father James Martin, the "Chaplain to the Colbert Report," has contributed to the Washington Post's collection of "If I Were Pope" essays. He gives special mention to gay and lesbian people as a group that needs to be listened to.