Fr. William Aitcheson, a convicted violent and dangerous former leader of the Robert Lee KKK chapter was hidden by the Catholic Chuch for decades. Aitcheson avoided doing time and paying court ordered restitution all these years but the victims may finally get justice.
Fr. William Aitcheson said he was moved to confess after seeing the violence in Charlottesville and wrote about it in this article appearing in the Catholic Herald “Moving from hate to love with God’s grace”. The empathetic comments on that article would indicate that parishioners would welcome Aitcheson back into an active role in the priesthood.
But meanwhile, the Catholic church just tried imprisoning a Chilian judge for his ruling that allowed a transgender minor her name and gender marker change.
This makes me clench my fist in the air and shout to God, WTF!. One man a racist KKK priest is forgiven while the Catholic church takes actions endangering transgender child’s lives. Not just this Chilian child which is bad enough, but ALL of Texas’ transgender children. the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops played a substantial part in promoting the recent Texas bathroom bills targeting transgender school children.
But according to the people of color he terrorized and a persistent independent investigator Aitcheson recent revelations have nothing to do with Charlottesville and everything to do with saving his ass.
The NY Times reports that according to a church spokesman Father Aitcheson’s involvement in the K.K.K. ended in 1977
That was the year that he was arrested and charged with “six cross-burnings in Prince George’s County, one count of making bomb threats and two of manufacturing pipe bombs,” according to a 1977 Washington Post article.
At the time, he was a University of Maryland student who had been identified by the State Police as an “exalted cyclops,” a leader of the Robert E. Lee Lodge of the Maryland Knights of the K.K.K., the article said. Undercover investigators infiltrated the hate group and tipped off the State Police, who found “nine pounds of black powder and ‘several’ weapons and bomb components” in Mr. Aitcheson’s home, The Washington Post wrote.
That same year he was indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of threatening to kill Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., according to an Associated Press article at the time.
According to the Arlington Diocese press release between July 1, 1997 to June 28, 2000 Aitcheson was an associate pastor at St. Patrick in Fredericksburg Va.
A 1982 NY Times article reported that a cross was burned in the yard of Barbara and Phillip Butler on Jan. 30, 1977. Seven months later, William Aitcheson, a 22-year-old member of the Ku Klux Klan, was convicted of a criminal misdemeanor in the case and sentenced to 90 days in jail.
According to the 1982 Times article, a Federal judge ordered Mr. Aitcheson to pay the couple $23,000 in civil damages, but his whereabouts were unknown.
After all these years the Arlington Diocese claimed they just learned of his violent history even though then President Ronald Regan visited the Butlers to comfort them about the cross burning?
To forgive and forget is divine but I sure would like to know if his or any other Catholic clergy were doxxed by anonymous for participating in the Charlottesville Nazi march.
It’s also important to note that the Arlington Virginia Diocese is just now responding to charges that they have similarly hid a pedophile priest for decades.