In Bob We Trust unapologetically positions Father Bob Maguire as an icon of goodness, an old man with an infectious good humour, idiosyncratic charm and, above all, a deep respect and love for humanity. Defined by his generosity in the community and his outspokenness in the media, this documentary chronicles Bob’s battle to try and keep his role as parish priest after Archbishop Denis Hart demanded his retirement upon Bob’s 75th birthday.
It seems very appropriate for the film to paint Bob as an icon; after all, the Church will surely do the same in a century’s time much as they did with Mary MacKillop, papering over the challenges he faced within the institution to focus on the good he did in the community. In Bob We Trust emphasises the toll of the Church’s conservatism, demonstrating the real damage inflicted by removing Bob from the community.
It’s not all doom and gloom, of course; while not as insightful as you might hope (understandably – key Church figures declined to be interviewed), it’s warm and entertaining. This is thanks to clever stylistic excursions – like a Seventh Seal parody interspersed throughout the film – but mostly thanks to the cheeky charisma of Bob himself.
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Out of curiosity, why did the Archbishop demand Bob’s retirement?
Not sure whether or not this is the sort of flick I’d enjoy, but I might give it a shot at some point.
Sorry for the late reply – was off getting married!
The film goes into the subject, but essentially because he’s a “rogue priest” – acting in the best interests of the community and the Catholic ethos rather than the agenda of the Catholic clergy.
Congratulations!!!!!! How was the wedding?
And okay. That’s about what I expected. I’m interested to see it.
It was great, thanks. I’d considered doing a blog post about it but sort of ran out of time!
I understand. Did you take a honeymoon?
Yep; in Vanuatu right now!
Awesome. Then stop talking to me! 🙂
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