The leaders of Dignity USA, a group of LGBT Catholics, invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan – the archbishop of New York – to meet for prayer, to break bread and to talk.
Dolan, in a series of recent interviews, stressed the importance for the church to continue its stance against marriage equality.
However, Dolan, also said the church must not attack or harm gay people.
Dignity USA leaders Marianne Duddy-Burke, Lourdes Rodríguez-Nogués and Lewis Speaks-Tanner responded with a letter to Dolan in which they said, "In good Catholic tradition, let us gather to break bread and pray together, so that we initiate this dialogue grounded in the faith and sacraments that unite us."
They also wrote, "We sincerely hope and pray that your recent comments mark the beginning of a new chapter in the relationship between the Bishops and LGBT Catholics, as well as the majority of U.S. Catholics who have shown themselves to be increasingly supportive of LGBT people. To that end, we feel it is important to set a definite date to resume a dialogue that has been suspended for far too long. We suggest a meeting before Pentecost, or at the earliest possible date, in either New York City or Washington, D.C. If you would let us know your availability, we will make every effort to arrange our schedules to accommodate yours.
"We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and begin the vital work you called for, and look forward to the blessed healing in the Body of Christ that this work could bring about."
On "This Week" on ABC News, Dolan said church leaders must do their "darnedest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody."
Dolan serves as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which often is where anti-gay campaigns begin in the U.S. church, with dispatches from the conference.
Dolan previously was the archbishop in Milwaukee.