First woman voted head of German Protestant church

29th October 2009, Comments 1 comment

The charismatic Margot Kaessmann made headlines around the world in 2007 when she became the first bishop in Germany to file for divorce from her husband.

Berlin -- A divorced woman once described as "a cross between Mother Teresa and Demi Moore" was Wednesday elected head of Germany's Protestant church, the first woman to hold the post.

Margot Kaessmann, 51, received 132 of the 142 votes cast at the church's general assembly in Ulm, southern Germany. She now leads 25 million faithful across the country.

"Trusting in God's help, I accept the vote," she said.

Kaessmann, who was elected for a six-year term, was the only candidate for the post.

The charismatic Kaessmann hit the headlines around the world in 2007 when she became the first bishop in Germany to file for divorce from her husband, also a leading member of the Lutheran church.

She was Germany's youngest bishop when she was consecrated in 1999 and has since survived an operation to remove breast cancer.

In 2003, the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily reported that she was known within the organisation as a "mixture of Mother Teresa and Demi Moore."

AFP/Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Al Wunsch posted:

    on 31st October 2009, 00:19:54 - Reply

    Just another indication of where many Christian denominations are going these days. It doesn't add to the mission of that church or to it's message. I think that many of these churches, in the name of political correctness and misplaced compassion have lost their sense of principle. Who are they and what do they represent?