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Blood on the Rosary

Narrated by: Casey Withoos
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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A brave nun. Her twin brother. The secrets and lies that would tear them apart.  

There is a special bond that twins share, an ethereal connection that can’t be put into words.  

Margaret Harrod shared that unique bond with her twin brother, Michael.  

As children they were inseparable, and at age 22, together, they gave their lives to the Catholic Church. Margaret became a nun and Michael a Salesian priest - it was the proudest day of their deeply religious parents' lives. Margaret cherishes those carefree childhood memories because the brother she adored is now in jail. Father Michael Aulsebrook pleaded guilty to multiple charges of molesting children, some as young as seven. And the unlikely whistle-blower was his courageous twin sister.  

It cost Margaret everything, but she couldn’t stay silent any longer about the damage her brother was wreaking in his community. Margaret knows of that damage firsthand, having had that trust betrayed herself.  

Blood on the Rosary is a heartfelt, brave and inspiring memoir that tells Margaret Harrod’s story - how she sacrificed everything she held dear in the pursuit of the truth and how she bravely fought her church and her community to bring paedophile priests, including her beloved brother, to justice.

©2019 Sue Smethurst and Marg Harrod (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Saddening but harrowing story

I'm in awe of Margaret and her bravery to not only endure the pain of everything she went through but to also find her voice and stand up for herself and others that have been abused and then cast aside by the Catholic church. I wish her nothing but happiness, peace and love.

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  • Hank
  • 02-17-19

OMG ... I'm absolutely speechless

I can't begin to imagine what it would be like when some of the most trusting people in your life become your biggest abusers. I'm still quite speechless not only at the gruesome shocking accounts of sexual abuse that occurred but by also the courage to come out of deep buried post traumatic stress disorder to tell your story. My heart goes out to Margaret and all those who suffered at the hands of paedophile clergy ... I'm absolutely speechless at your courage to come forward and share your story. Thank you for telling us ... and I'm sorry that you had to relive memories that would have been torturous to unearth and experience again. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I went to a Marist brother Catholic boarding school and was never abused and have fond memories of my time. However after reading this book I can with hindsight look back and see where "stuff" may have happened. I can think of one person in this regard who's behaviour as I look back now was a bit creepy. I hope I'm wrong though and that nothing happened back in the 80s during my high school/college days. I hope. Male dominated institutions involving authority, public trust and respect always have an open door to abuse of some sort. But when it's the clergy ... the damage is so much more. I'm sorry for what you went through ... it's with heartfelt thanks I say thank you for sharing your story. God bless you.

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  • Anna
  • 02-02-19

Believed!

What a harrowing and brave story. It is unbelievable that Margaret could survive this. She deserves everyone’s thanks for having the guts to live this life and tell her story. Really sympathetically read too. I loved it and hope people will listen to/read this very important story.