A Virginia priest takes a leave of absence in the wake of the Charlottesville riots.

FOX's Lisa Brady reports:

Father William Aitcheson, an associate Pastor at Saint Leo the Great Church in Fairfax, says the images from Charlottesville brought back painful memories of a bleak period in his own life.

He's a former member of the KKK, offering an apology in the Arlington Catholic Herald to anyone who has been subjected to racism or bigotry, calling his own actions despicable and asking forgiveness.

Aitcheson writing that when he "thinks back on burning crosses a threatening letter and so on." He feels as though he's speaking of somebody else.

A statement from the Arlington Bishop says while Aitcheson's past is sad and deeply troubling, he hopes his message will reach those who support hate and division and inspire a conversion of heart.

Lisa Brady, FOX News.