Remember the family victimized when the local KKK burned a cross on their lawn, but they won a lawsuit? President Reagan dropped by to visit them.
Funny thing, they never did collect on the settlement. The leader of the local KKK disappeared.
Many years later, he turned up as a Catholic priest, and NO ONE wants to talk about him. Not his diocese, not his former diocese, not current and former parishioners, no one. The Washington Post did find a few people willing to talk about him, like old schoolmates who were shocked by his transformation from racist skinhead to priest.
He still had some anger issues, though. He seemed to work through them by protesting at abortion clinics, and by “teaching history.”
But hey, forgiveness is freely offered, right?
Last week, some parishioners were struggling to reconcile the priest they knew with his violent past and failure over decades to make amends to his victims, actions the diocese has now offered to broker and says Aitcheson is willing to do.
Maybe the Church needs to stop protecting racists. It looks a little too much like when they move pedohiles around and protect them, too.
Source: Priest who left KKK is testing parishioners’ ideas about redemption – The Washington Post