Archdiocese Relieves Controversial Priest
By Mike Andrews
April 27, 2016
A priest who had been convicted of assault and battery for an incident with a parishioner in San Diego in 2011 and had been hired to serve churches in Lawton, Elgin, Apache and Fletcher has now been relieved of his duties by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City said in a 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."
Davila had been hired to assist at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lawton and in March had been named administrator at Saint Ann Church, Elgin, and missions to Mother of Sorrows Church, Apache, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sterling. He had been named to become pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Lawton effective June 28.
The statement said that Coakley had traveled to Southwest Oklahoma to meet with concerned parishioners, parents, staff and clergy.
"We are committed as an archdiocese to maintaining a safe environment in every parish and institution so that families feel safe and welcome to practice their faith."