But where is he now? That’s an important question …
Tuesday, in a prepared statement, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said the Rev. Jose Alexis Davila was removed from his pastoral work in the archdiocese after more investigation was conducted into the priest’s past.
Considering the archbishop claimed to have done an exhaustive investigation, I can only conclude that the real issue was parishioner pushback.
Why? Because all you needed to do to learn the full story of Davila is do a Google search and read this blog. And it doesn’t cost a nickle.
But on to the important question: Where is Davila now?
From OKC Archbishop Coakley’s statement:
After a continued investigation by archdiocesan staff, I became aware late Monday of new information regarding the allegations against Father Alexis Davila that made it necessary for me to remove him from pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Father Davila left the archdiocese on Tuesday. (emphasis mine)
So we don’t know where he is. We don’t know if he’s allowed to be a priest. We don’t know where he’s living or working.
Coakley just passed the trash down the road. He had options: He could have forced Davila to live in a monastery, away from vulnerable populations (women, children). He could have made Davila live a life of prayer and penance.
But he didn’t. So now, we need to keep looking for Jose Alexis Davila. And hopefully, if he turns up in another parish, Catholics and parents will be as brave and strong as the people of Lawton.