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  • Cross-burning victims to priest who was once a member of KKK: Apology is not enough

    Cross-burning victims to priest who was once a member of KKK: Apology is not enough

    • Aug 23, 2017

    The couple who was terrorized 40 years ago by a member of the Ku Klux Klan who later became a Catholic priest is calling for him to give the authorities any information he might have on other white supremacists who participated in his crimes. Father William Aitcheson said his actions at the time were “despicable.”

  • Catholic priest in Virginia speaks of his past membership in the KKK

    Catholic priest in Virginia speaks of his past membership in the KKK

    • Aug 22, 2017

    Father William Aitcheson says the images from Charlottesville “brought back memories of a bleak period in my life that I would have preferred to forget,” when he was a member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. He called for the condemnation of “the hatred and vile beliefs of the KKK and other white supremacist organizations,” adding that what they believe contradicts everything Catholics hold dear.

  • Virginia bishops: Death penalty won’t heal a broken world

    Virginia bishops: Death penalty won’t heal a broken world

    • Jan 22, 2017

    “Our broken world cries out for justice, not the additional violence or vengeance the death penalty will exact,” Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington said in the face of the execution Wednesday of Ricky Gray.

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