I wish more people listened to Father Bob’s pleas for help

I agree it’s nice that Fr Bob was recognised in the Australia Day Honours.

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Father Robert (Bob) Maguire OAM AM RFD. PHOTO: Ashley Geelan.

I agree it’s nice that Fr Bob was recognised in the Australia Day Honours.

But I’d preferred if more people had listened to him near the end of his life. Listened and helped him.

I remain devastated that despite his, and our, calls for help no one who could help listened.

It’s a stain on the mainstream media, the Catholic Church, and Father Bob’s own [former] Foundation, that he died so unhappy.

He felt cheated and let down by the very people that should have been there to support him.

The cynic in me thinks this award was organised to raise the profile of the Foundation with a view to recovering donations. Donations which probably dropped off after Bob’s death.

A lot of people yelled to be heard, and a lot of people pleaded for help for Father Bob.

He found ways to Tweet, asking for help. None came. No explanation.

From what I can see, what I observed, and what I’ve heard, we as a country kicked a great man to the curb when he needed us most.

To quote a line from Game of Thrones – “Shame, Shame, Shame.”

Diane Dromgold,
Sydney, New South Wales

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