True to typical CRS fashion, their higher-ups are in full-scale damage control mode. From the National Catholic Register we read this statement from Tom Price, CRS Senior Manager for Communications: "Rick Estridge has served CRS for 16 years and currently holds the position as our vice president of overseas finance. Rick is in a same-sex civil marriage. At this point, we are in deliberations on this matter."
The "damage control" might be backfiring for that statement itself causes red flags to fly. To wit:
- I stated in my post yesterday that it is unreasonable to believe that CRS higher-ups, from Carolyn Woo up to the board of directors, did not know all along that Estridge was living in a state of objective mortal sin for at least two years, given his public profiles on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. As of yesterday, those public profiles were gone as a part of the damage control effort, but prior to that the were available for all to behold. How can it be that Catholic Relief Services, a self-described adherent to Catholic moral teaching, harbored a sodomite in its midst let alone promoting him?
- Now they are "in deliberations!" Just how long does it take to be "in deliberation"? Let's put that question another way: how long would they have to be "in deliberation" if they had discovered that Estridge (or another CRS employee) was a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan? I'd bet that in that case, the "deliberation" time would have been a lot less than the time that Bishop Bootkowski et al spent in firing Patricia Jannuzzi or the time that the Archdiocese of Washington spent in kicking Father Guarnizo to the curb - and those were lightening-fast "deliberations"! Mr. Price, why the delay?
Now it could be that they are contemplating the dismissal not only of Estridge but of his superiors who allowed the fetid stench to continue with the blessings of a CRS paycheck. In fact, they all have betrayed the trust of the Catholic Church. But I'm sure that's not the case and all we're seeing is a bunch of stone-walling. The time has long since come to starve this CRS beast.