The Missionaries of the Precious Blood religious order has removed a priest from the ministry after hearing allegations he had committed sexual improprieties with two children about 35 years ago.
The order is based in Liberty.
The provincial director of the order had reported the allegations to the Bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese about a week ago. The diocese review board recommended the removal of the Reverend James Urbanic from his ministerial post. Urbanic had served as a pastor in Warrensburg, St. Joseph, and Liberty.