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CRS official resigns weeks after report he was in same-sex marriage

A veteran Catholic Relief Services financial official has resigned in the wake of report that he was in a same-sex marriage.

Rick Estridge, vice president for overseas finance, stepped down after 16 years with the U.S. bishops' overseas aid and development agency, saying "it was the right decision for me."

CRS announced Estridge's resignation in a statement emailed to Catholic News Service on Wednesday. The agency described Estridge as a "valued employee."

Irish archbishop: 'There's a growing gap between Irish young people and the church'

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Ireland voted to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday. Afterward, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke with The New York Times.

"The church needs to take a reality check," he said. "It's very clear there's a growing gap between Irish young people and the church, and there's a growing gap between the culture of Ireland that's developing and the church."

Ireland's gay marriage referendum a sign of Roman Catholic decline

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"In Ireland," says a character in a 1904 George Bernard Shaw play, "the people is the Church, and the Church is the people."

But not so much anymore.

On Friday, voters in this once deeply Roman Catholic country will decide whether the country's constitution should be amended to allow for gay marriage. If the amendment passes, Ireland will become the first country to legalize same-sex civil marriage by popular vote.

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