Rescuer of Elian Gonzalez Speaks Up for Life, Reports Priests for Life

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Priests for Life

    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- One of the
 newest advocates of saving the unborn is the man who saved Elian Gonzalez from
 the Atlantic Ocean. Recently interviewed by Fr. Frank Pavone, director of
 Priests for Life, Donato Dalrymple recounted how God used him to "pluck little
 Elian out of the water," and how God used Elian to bring him to a deeper
 spiritual life.
     Donato was fishing with his cousin when he noticed an inner tube floating
 on the water, with what looked like a person hanging onto it. The boat moved
 on in a different direction, but Donato's conscience would not let him rest
 until he and his cousin went back to take another look at the tube, and found
 Elian.
     "It was actually Elian who saved me," Donato says, "because I was out on
 the seas in my own life, and the rescue of Elian brought me back to a closer
 walk with God. God taught me that he could still use me to do some good."
     It was Donato who was holding Elian in the famous news photo of a gun-
 brandishing US federal agent sent to physically remove the boy. The raid took
 place on April 22, 2000. Recently spending time on a pro-life retreat offered
 by Priests for Life, Donato reflected on how followers of Christ are called to
 save the lives of their brothers and sisters. "The most vulnerable of all are
 the unborn," he said. "Just like I could not rightly ignore that boy in the
 inner tube, so none of us can ignore our brothers and sisters in danger of
 abortion. We all need to speak up for them and try to save them."
 
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    NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- One of the
 newest advocates of saving the unborn is the man who saved Elian Gonzalez from
 the Atlantic Ocean. Recently interviewed by Fr. Frank Pavone, director of
 Priests for Life, Donato Dalrymple recounted how God used him to "pluck little
 Elian out of the water," and how God used Elian to bring him to a deeper
 spiritual life.
     Donato was fishing with his cousin when he noticed an inner tube floating
 on the water, with what looked like a person hanging onto it. The boat moved
 on in a different direction, but Donato's conscience would not let him rest
 until he and his cousin went back to take another look at the tube, and found
 Elian.
     "It was actually Elian who saved me," Donato says, "because I was out on
 the seas in my own life, and the rescue of Elian brought me back to a closer
 walk with God. God taught me that he could still use me to do some good."
     It was Donato who was holding Elian in the famous news photo of a gun-
 brandishing US federal agent sent to physically remove the boy. The raid took
 place on April 22, 2000. Recently spending time on a pro-life retreat offered
 by Priests for Life, Donato reflected on how followers of Christ are called to
 save the lives of their brothers and sisters. "The most vulnerable of all are
 the unborn," he said. "Just like I could not rightly ignore that boy in the
 inner tube, so none of us can ignore our brothers and sisters in danger of
 abortion. We all need to speak up for them and try to save them."
 
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