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Top German Lutheran bishop resigns after drunk-driving charge

February 24, 2010

Bishop Margot Kaessmann, the leader of Germany’s Lutherans, has resigned after she had her driving license revoked for driving while intoxicated. Pulled over after running a red light on February 20, she was found to have a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

“I am shocked at myself for committing such a grievous error,” she said. “I'm aware how dangerous and irresponsible it is to drink and drive. I will accept the legal consequences.”

The leader of 25 million German Lutherans said that she felt obliged to step down from her position after the arrest. "My heart tells me quite clearly that I cannot stay," she said.


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  • Posted by: john.paul3561 - Feb. 25, 2010 9:14 AM ET USA

    I think you mean "driving while intoxicated."

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Feb. 24, 2010 4:06 PM ET USA

    But, Woody, in the end her Grace had the grace to do the graceful thing. Would that some of our male (and truly Apostolic) bishops who have done fazr worse shared that grace.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 24, 2010 11:45 AM ET USA

    A woman bishop and a woman driver! Worst of both worlds......