Father Bob could be set for third coming

SOUTH Melbourne's Catholics have been given new hope their high-profile priest Father Bob Maguire might be allowed to stay on after he met Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart yesterday.

The parish and Father Maguire's supporters were upset the archdiocese secretly invited the Capuchin religious order to take over running the parish upon Father Maguire's agreed retirement date of February 1.

South Melbourne Parish Council chairman Tony Long said yesterday he understood that if the parish and Capuchins could agree on a delayed transition, that might be acceptable to Archbishop Hart.

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