The Archdiocese of Portland earlier this year asked a local homeless advocacy newspaper to end its link to an abortion provider in order to continue receiving church grants.

Street Roots refused to remove Planned Parenthood from a resource guide it offers homeless and poor people and so lost funding. The guide lists more than 300 service organizations in addition to Planned Parenthood, which offers some health care but also performs more abortions than any other organization.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has for five years funded Street Roots as part of the campaign’s mission to support groups with low-income people seeking to lift themselves out of poverty.

The requested grant would have paid for printing the resource guide. 

The archdiocese only recently found out about the Planned Parenthood listing.

The newspaper is one of about 50 organizations nationwide that have lost Catholic grants for connections to activity the church considers immoral.

The archdiocese’s gifts of between $5,000 and $10,000 per year made up about 4 percent of the Street Roots budget.

The newspaper claims it is the victim of a “witch hunt” and Willamette Week, an alternative weekly in Portland, named the archdiocese “Rogue of the Week” for its decision.

Matt Cato, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Life/Justice and Peace, says he has always admired the homeless advocacy work done by Street Roots and had hoped the newspaper would change its resource guide.

When the paper refused to alter the listing, it chose the result that came, Cato says.

Bud Bunce, spokesman for the archdiocese, says the Catholic Campaign for Human Development simply cannot fund an organization that acts contrary to church teaching.