Saturday, March 12, 2011

Priest with local ties defrocked
Published: March 12, 2011

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A priest who has served in parishes across Northeastern Pennsylvania was removed from the ministry in February after allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a young boy in Missouri in the 1980s.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Jackson County, Mo., accused Father Mark Honhart of molesting an 8- or 9-year-old boy in Kansas City, Mo., where he served for more than 20 years.

Honhart is a former administrator of Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Dorrance Township, and has worked most recently at parishes in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties.

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