Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 21, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND — The Archdiocese of Portland earlier this year asked a local homeless advocacy newspaper to end its link to an abortion provider to continue receiving grants from a Catholic agency.

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 grant was from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program. Grants are awarded on the local level by archdioceses and dioceses and on the national level by CCHD’s national office in Washington.

For five years, CCHD in the Portland Archdiocese 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 said it 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 grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 per year made up about 4 percent of the Street Roots budget.

The most recent grant of $5,000 that did not go to Street Roots was not withheld from the needy but went to another organization that works to empower the poor and is not at odds with Catholic teaching, according to the archdiocese.

Applications are reviewed annually and previous giving patterns do not trump other considerations, the archdiocese said.

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

— Catholic News Service (Washington, D.C.)

Archdiocese of Seattle

SEATTLE – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett won’t be riding off into the sunset when he hands over his Episcopal staff to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at the installation Mass on Dec. 1 (“Seattle’s new archbishop: a priest who ‘loves being a pastor,’” IR 9/30/10).

Archbishop Alex J. Brunett of Seattle. (IR file photo by Mitch Finley)

With his residence located just across the street from chancery offices, the retiring archbishop said he plans to stay busy wherever he’s needed in the archdiocese, whether it’s helping out at parishes at weekend liturgies, filling in for parish priests on sabbaticals, or assisting Archbishop Sartain in whatever way he can, if asked.

He also plans to do some spiritual direction work, particularly with the Rakhoi Foundation, which he established. Designed to provide physical and spiritual renewal to Religious Sisters from foreign lands who are ministering in the archdiocese, the foundation will offer educational and retreat opportunities to women Religious from Vietnam, the Philippines, Mexico and other countries, while giving them a chance to “recuperate from the rigors of their ministry,” the archbishop said. Rakhoi is a Vietnamese word that means to put out into deep waters, he said.

He plans to revive some of the work he started almost four decades ago as a seminary professor in his native Michigan.

“I’ve done a lot of research in my life – particularly around the Eucharist,” he said, “and I had several things in the process that I was writing when I got pulled out of that academic world. And I’d like to go back and recuperate some of that academic work and research that I’ve done and maybe do some writing.”

At 76, Archbishop Brunett said he feels like he still has “a lot of gas left in the tank.”

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