ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Four decades after a Catholic priest who was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on a black couple’s lawn, he finally wrote them an apology.
The Rev. William Aitcheson told Philip and Barbara Butler he was “blinded by hate and ignorance” when he targeted them in 1977 at their home in College Park, Maryland.READ MORE: Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Man Charged With Dante Barksdale's Murder
In a letter dated Sept. 8, Aitcheson wrote he rejected those beliefs before he joined the priesthood, but was too ashamed to face the Butlers.
The Washington Post reports that Philip King said during a news conference Friday that he wants to forgive Aitcheson, but is not ready. He said: “I can’t do it yet.”READ MORE: 3-Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Protects Children Ages 6 Months To 5 years, Pfizer & BioNTech Say
Aitcheson was sentenced in 1977 to 90 days in jail. He was ordained in 1988.Maryland Weather: Cooler Weather Offers Much-Needed Relief
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