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Thursday, August 27, 2009

S.F. Pro-Lifers Will Train To Channel Angel Gabriel This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 1:59 PM

click to enlarge Angel Gabriel - SUSAN STEFANSKI
  • Susan Stefanski
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For many single gals in San Francisco, a dude in an angel costume attempting to dispense advice for her pregnancy would seem like a creative ploy for pocket change.

Halo headgear a la the biblical Angel Gabriel are optional for the throngs of local Catholics expected to flock to the St. Mary's Cathedral on Saturday to train in the ways of Gabriel to persuade women to bring their pregnancy to term. Not a typical message in a largely pro-choice city where there are more dogs than kids.

The Gabriel Project conference is hosted by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. According to the Web site of the Gabriel Project, the program's aim is to deliver pregnant ladies the message: "Rejoice! Fear not!"

The Web site continues:

"We are trying to assist the Lord and his Angel Gabriel in delivering this message via billboards, signs and videos....We need to raise our voices, and lift the signs up high for all to see, to validate and dignify the lives of the forgotten unforn, and to educate our community."  

According to the Catholic News Agency, San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer plugged the Gabriel Project as an effective means to reach out to women in difficult pregnancies in an Aug. 24 letter to pastors in the archdiocese. He urged them to send a group of interested parishoners to the training, noting that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities" asserts that a parish pro-life committee should develop support for pregnant women.

So, uh, Rejoice! Fear not! 

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