Germany’s senior Protestant bishop, Margot Kässmann, who has criticized her nation’s military strategy in Afghanistan since giving a New Year sermon in which she said that weapons were “clearly not creating peace” there, has recently drawn support from a Catholic archbishop.
Reinhard Marx, the Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising, was reported by a Bavarian broadcaster as saying that Kässmann had started an important debate about the war in Afghanistan.
“Maybe the Afghanistan [military] mission is no longer where at the beginning we would have liked it to be,” said Marx on January 17.
Germany has more than 4,000 troops in Afghanistan—the third-largest contingent in the NATO-led international force there. The German military role has been questioned, particularly since a German-ordered air strike in September led to civilian deaths.