After nearly four decades faithfully serving his parish in South Melbourne, Father Bob Maguire has acquired a reputation as a controversial and irreverent figure. His battles with church hierarchy have become legend. His forthright approach, insightful wit and dedication to improving the lives of others has made him an inspiration not just in his parish but throughout Australia. In Bob We Trust begins with Father Bob facing his greatest challenge. Despite the 'promise of a parish for life', the Archbishop of Melbourne invites him to retire. What follows is a David and Goliath story of biblical proportions as the dissident priest, loved by the faithful and the secular alike, resists the authority of the church to remove him, only to encounter treachery and betrayal. In Bob We Trust follows irreverent philosopher and working class hero Father Bob over three years, on a journey which is by turns inspirational and shocking, eye-opening and joyous, revealing behind-the-scenes drama that ...Written by
Your clerics are, by definition, politicians and you don't want politicians running the country and you don't want politicians running the church, you want prophetic persons who see through the muck and who say, 'Oh look, in the middle of all this pile of dog shit is a sparkling diamond'.
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The Catholic Church is the largest provider of charity in the world bar none. The idea of providing for the less advantaged was not originated by Bob (or perhaps I should refer to him as St Bob), nor does it end with the retirement of Bob. Fr. Bob was "retired" not because he "challenged", but because the faith he has is no longer catholic. His position as a catholic priest was based on his adherence to church teachings and humility...Fr Bob can no longer claim either of those things. The movie runs like an overly long advert for the Church of Bob. He spends most of the time "sound biting" the media attention grabbing, secular loving trite that has helped keep him in the spotlight. The funniest line was when he claimed that he hated all of the attention (yet he has always performed to a crowd?!)! The church services shown in this movie were Bob centric and surely highlighted why he needed to go rather than serving as an argument as to why he should stay.
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