Statement regarding civil lawsuit involving
Fr. William Aitcheson

August 23, 2017


As we stated yesterday to the media, the Diocese of Arlington learned this past weekend of civil damages awarded in 1982 in a case involving Fr. William Aitcheson. We are coordinating with Father Aitcheson in his efforts to seek reconciliation and make restitution. Father Aitcheson fully understands this is his obligation and that he must do what is possible to make this situation right. 

Father Aitcheson and Bishop Michael Burbidge have expressed a desire to meet in a pastoral, private setting with the Butler family in the hope that it may bring them healing. We have reached out to the Butler family’s attorney, who is sharing this invitation with them. 


Media Contact:

Angela Pellerano
Director of Media Relations