February 25, 2010

Drunk Driving Bishop!? (NEWS)

A prominent German woman Bishop has been forced to resign this week, after drunk driving charges tarnished her tenure.

The Bishop, Margot Kaessmann, 51, was head of the Protestant church and thus leader of over 25 million Protestant worshippers, and had been known as a colorful personality, but now felt she had no choice but to step down after the drunk driving arrest that has put her driver's license in jeopardy as well as risking huge fines.

Her blood alcohol level when tested was allegedly far above the legal limit in Germany.

Kaessmann said to reporters: "Last Saturday, I made a big mistake. My heart tells me quite clearly that I cannot stay in office with the necessary authority . . . I hereby resign from all my Church responsibilities."

"I am very sorry to have disappointed many people who asked me to remain in office, and those who trustingly voted for me."

Drunk Driving Bishop!? (NEWS)

The colourful head of Germany's 25 million Protestants, dubbed by the media as a mixture of Mother Theresa and U.S. actress Demi Moore, resigned on Wednesday after being caught drunk-driving.

Prosecutors said Kaessmann had been "completely unfit to drive" after police pulled over her luxury Volkswagen Phaeton saloon late on Saturday after going through a red light 500 metres from her home.

Taken to a police station after failing a breathalyser test, the bishop was found to be several times over the legal limit, and now faces a hefty fine and the loss of her driving licence for up to a year.

Drunk Driving Bishop!? (NEWS)

Posted at February 25, 2010 6:50 AM