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article imageGermany's highest Protestant bishop caught driving drunk

By R. C. Camphausen     Feb 23, 2010 in Crime
A controversial female bishop, the head of Germany's unified Protestant and Lutheran churches, was stopped by police after driving through a red light. Police say she was drunk. Now, critics ask if she should keep her job.
“I’m shocked at myself,” bishop Margot Käßmann said. “I am aware of how dangerous and irresponsible drunk driving is. I will, of course, confront the legal consequences.”
German papers are having a field day with this story, especially since the female bishop has ruffled many a feather in her time. She has not tried to make any excuses for herself.
A blood test done by police at a station has revealed her blood alcohol level was very high at 1.54 per mil. Under the rules of law, she will lose her driver's license.
It's widely known the bishop, 54, prefers wine to beer. It is known that an alcohol level like hers indicates she likely consumed about 0.7 liters of wine within an hour before getting behind the wheel.
Her reputation has suffered a blow, as it was only a year ago she reminded people that fasting during the period before Easter is good for both body and soul.
At the moment, officials are considering whether or not she can remain the acting head of the EKD, Germany's inter-denominational federation of Lutheran, Reformed, and United Protestant church bodies, including those from previous East Germany.
If she is forced to resign, many of her critics will be pleased. Käßmann has antagonized a number of people after divorcing her husband of 26 years and being an outspoken opponent of German participation in the Afghan war, which she has called unjustified.
Those who love and respect the mother of four daughters for her humor and tolerance say she is human and can make mistakes.
Update: The bishop resigned on Wednesday, Feb 24.
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