Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, is also publicly speaking out about the need for better outreach to gay and lesbian Catholics.
On ABC's "This Week," Dolan maintained the Catholic Church's position that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
The cardinal said in spite of that, gays and lesbians should be made to feel welcome in the church.
"We've got to do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven't been too good at that," said Dolan. "We try our darnedest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody."
Dolan said he was not sure how Catholic officials could improve their approach, but he said they would work on better communicating the church's message of inclusiveness.