New head for German Protestants after drink-drive scandal

9th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Germany's Protestant Church named a new head on Tuesday to replace the colourful Margot Kaessmann, who resigned in February after being caught drink driving.

Kaessmann, dubbed by the media as a mixture of Mother Theresa and US actress Demi Moore, was found by police to be several times over the legal limit after driving through a red light late at night.

Kaessmann made waves 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 has survived breast cancer and has written some 30 books.

She was Germany's youngest bishop when consecrated in 1999 aged 41 and was elected head of the Protestant Church in October 2009, the first woman to hold the post.

The new head, Nikolaus Schneider, 63, has been in charge of the Church, which has around 25 million members, on a provisional basis since the scandal.

© 2010 AFP

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