Diocese takes action against priest for alleged misbehavior - KCTV5

Diocese takes action against priest for alleged misbehavior

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has removed a priest from his duties for alleged sexual improprieties with children.

The allegations stem from the 1970s when James Urbanic was associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in St. Joseph, according to news release from the diocese. Church leaders say they found the allegations "credible."

Urbanic has been serving as a priest with the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

Two parish members stepped forward in mid-June to report the allegations to Joseph Nassal, provincial director of the religious order. Nassal took the allegations to an independent review board, which recommended Urbanic's removal from contact with the public. Urbanic remains a priest.

Urbanic cooperated with investigators, according to the news release. He acknowledged acting "inappropriately" during a period "early in his priesthood," according to the news release.

The priest also served as associate pastor of St. James Parish in Liberty and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Warrensburg.

Nassal told KCTV5's Bonyen Lee that Urbanic was on sabbatical when the allegations were reported last month.

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