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Priest Admits to His Dark KKK Past for Forgiveness, Loses Job

A Virginia priest went to “confession” to ask for forgiveness and lost his job.

Catholic Rev. William Aitcheson left his job at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Fairfax City, Virginia.

The reason was because he admitted that as an “impressionable young man,” instead of worshiping at the cross, he was busy burning crosses on the lawns of black people, Catholics, and others throughout the South as a member of the Ku Klux Klan:

… I was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. It’s public information but it rarely comes up. My actions were despicable. When I think back on burning crosses, a threatening letter, and so on, I feel as though I am speaking of somebody else. It’s hard to believe that was me.

As a young adult I was Catholic, but in no way practicing my faith. The irony that I left an anti-Catholic hate group to rejoin the Catholic Church is not lost on me. It is a reminder of the radical transformation possible through Jesus Christ in his mercy.

Aitcheson wrote his confession, entitled “Moving from hate to love with God’s grace,” in The Arlington Catholic Herald and said that the Charlottesville white supremacist march moved him to tell his story and to ask for forgiveness from parishioners:

The images from Charlottesville brought back memories of a bleak period in my life that I would have preferred to forget. The reality is, we cannot forget, we should not forget. Our actions have consequences and while I firmly believe God forgave me — as he forgives anyone who repents and asks for forgiveness — forgetting what I did would be a mistake. Those mistakes have emboldened me in my journey to follow the God who yearns to give us his grace and redemption.

The priest wrote to “any white supremacists reading this” that there is no “fulfillment in this ideology” because hate will “never be satisfied.” He asked for prayers of those who are victims of racism and bigotry and ended with this request for forgiveness:

While 40 years have passed, I must say this: I’m sorry. To anyone who has been subjected to racism or bigotry, I am sorry. I have no excuse, but I hope you will forgive me.

NBC News in Washington, D.C., reported that there had been no reports of racist behavior since Aitcheson was ordained in 1984:

He was ordained in 1984 in Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas, Nevada, and came to Arlington in 1993 … His first assignment in the Arlington Diocese was with St. Elizabeth church in Colonial Beach. He also worked at churches in Fredericksburg, Woodstock, Warrenton, Chantilly and Fairfax City.

The priest noted in his confession that his KKK membership was publicly known, but it appears that in the atmosphere of ripping apart statues and violence, it was simply too risky to keep him on staff.

On the bottom of the piece is a special note from the diocese saying that Aitcheson “voluntarily asked” — and his “request was approved” — to “temporarily step away” from public ministry.

Aitcheson has lived his life for the past 40 years without incident or complaint about racism, according to the church.