|Statement Regarding Fr. Mark Honhart
Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton
March 8, 2011
The Diocese of Scranton was notified by the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph that a lawsuit was to be filed by an individual under the pseudonym, John Doe J.D. The unnamed individual claims to have been abused in the 1980s by two former priests of the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph, Fr. Hugh Monahan and Fr. Mark Honhart.
Fr. Honhart was ordained in the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph, Missouri in 1980. He requested to serve in the Diocese of Scranton in 2003 after his mother and sister had relocated to Pennsylvania. In reviewing his request, there were no complaints or concerns brought to the Diocese of Scranton's attention and Fr. Honhart's request was granted.
Beginning in July 2004, Fr. Honhart served as assistant pastor of St. Rose of Lima, Carbondale; administrator of St. Anthony, St. Bridget, and St. John the Baptist, Throop; administrator of Our Lady Help of Christians, Dorrance; assistant pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Joseph, Forest City (now Ascension Parish); and St. James, Pleasant Mount, and St. Julianna, Rock Lake (now St. Katharine Drexel Parish).
On February 2, 2011, the Diocese of Scranton received an allegation that Fr. Honhart, while he was serving in the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph in the 1980s, had committed an act of sexual misconduct. In response to the allegation, the Diocese of Scranton immediately removed Fr. Honhart from ministry. The Diocese of Scranton then informed the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph and local public authorities of the allegation.
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