IN BOB WE TRUST: THE DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Everyone who knows Bob or has been in his presence loves the man. He is a religious man who will take on the church to do what is right. Kernel Dara reviewed this great man’s film, IN BOB WE TRUST, last October and it has just released on DVD in Australia. Thanks to our friends at Madman, you guessed it, we have 5X copies on DVD to giveaway. Suss Lady D’s review and enter below to win a copy.

 

REVIEW BY

Father Bob Maguire. A living legend.

If you don’t know who Father Bob is, then shame on you. Really? You don’t know who he is?  Seriously, you must have been living under a rock if you live in Australia.

For those under-a-rock dwellers let me break it down for you…

 

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Father Bob Maguire is known as the Larrikin priest, he’s had radio shows, tv shows and is a regular on Sunday Night Safran on Triple J. He is also a regular tweeter with 98,733 (at time of writing this article) followers. Not bad for a ‘retired’ 70 something year old priest.

Clearly his message is strong and hits a chord with people young and old and from all faiths. Unfortunately it is this that the Catholic Church do not like. Father Bob questions the lifestyle that the clergy hold and how it actually fits in with the ideals that they are supposed to uphold.

Generally a priest is asked to submit a request for retirement when they hit 75, they submit a request  and it is generally declined. However, in Father Bob’s case it was very much understood that he was being forced to actually retire, even though he was promised that he could stay in his parish for life.

 

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Born in 1934, by the tender age of 16, Bob had lost all of his family – his 2 sisters, his mother and alcoholic father. He was cared for by family members and some nuns and priests. It was from here that he realised his life’s work, being inspired by those who had helped him. He cultivated an admiration for these compassionate healers and he learnt empathy for those that were damaged and defeated by life.

In 1965, Bob joined the Army Reserve. He led the Character Training Unit for young officers during the Vietnam war and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He began in 1973 as the parish priest of St Peter and Paul church in South Melbourne. From here he has helped many of those souls who are homeless, sick or suffering from addiction. Bob sees his work as “life-long attempt to empower teens, twenty-somethings and even children to be their unique selves… unique contributors in recreating the world and the cosmos”. He has created the Father Bob Foundation, this from their website –

 

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The Father Bob Maguire Foundation is in the business of social capitol. We strive to create a socially cohesive community where nobody falls through the cracks and feels totally alone and isolated. With our partner organisations, we aim to meet the needs of disenfranchised people of all colour, creed and socio-economic backgrounds. We are dedicated to helping people help those within their own community. The best care comes from those who truly understand the community and culture of the people needing care.

In Bob we trust is essentially a fly on the wall documentary about the time leading up to and after Bob’s ‘retirement’.  The film opens with a black and white foreword with longtime collaborator John Safran then we head into an opening monologue from Bob describing the rise and rise of Christianity in the last 2000 years.  Its filled with Bob-isms and expletives and is quite magical to watch.

Director Lynne Marie Milburn and crew followed Father Bob around for three years and for a man in his late 70s he is as sharp as a tack. It explains from the moment that Bob receives his ‘retirement’ letter, onto meetings with the clergy, then final acceptance and submittance of his resignation letter effective 29 January 2012. The scenes where he leaves his parish and ends up in a small apartment are quite emotional and I’m not ashamed to say that I  may have let a tear or two fall.  

 

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You can see throughout the documentary the effect that Father Bob, his foundation and the parish have had on the lives of many street kids and addicted souls. There is one guy who follows Bob around for a lot of the documentary who you can see becomes one of his mates. His methods with money are questioned by the hierarchy as he proposed selling off some buildings that were not being used by the parish and says “[now] I’m going to explain to a senior cleric why we’re spending money on the poor. To me that’s offensive … religiously and spiritually.”

Father Bob is a man who has given most of his life to helping those less fortunate and I believe that thousands of souls have been helped by this one man and his enduring legacy. He has worked with local police, other religious groups, the media and his parishioners to make the world a better place. Unfortunately those high up in the Catholic Church could not see past his methods and forced him out of the church. I think the final joke may be on them though as Father Bob’s work continues and his foundation flourishes.

 

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With special thanks to MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT to win one of the 5x DVDs of IN BOB WE TRUST you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

What is your favourite religious themed film and why?  

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The prizes will be sent in the next week. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.