Kässmann quits post as German Protestant leader after drinking offense

Apprehended for drunk driving
The first woman elected to lead Germany’s 24 million Protestants in the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Margot Kässmann, resigned the post days after she was apprehended for a drunk-driving offense.

She said February 24 that she will immediately give up her posts as a bishop and as head of the EKD but will continue as a pastor.

Kässmann, 51, the Lutheran bishop of Hanover since 1999 and chairperson of the EKD, the umbrella organization of Germany’s Protestants, was caught driving under the influence on the evening of February 20 in Hanover. She allegedly drove through a red traffic light and her blood alcohol level was found to be three times over the legal limit.


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