After nearly four decades faithfully serving his parish in South Melbourne, Father Bob Maguire has developed 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 iconic figure not just in his parish but throughout Australia.
Despite the promise of a ‘parish for life’, the Archbishop of Melbourne invites him to retire. But he is not leaving without a fight. 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.