Remember that National Catholic Fishwrap piece, "Compromised hierarchy needs relational wisdom of women" by Charlene Spretnak?
There is a news story from Germany today that Lutheran Bishopette Maria Jepsen of Hamburg has resigned.
Report: First woman Lutheran bishop to resign
By JUERGEN BAETZ (AP) – 2 hours ago
BERLIN — A German news agency is reporting that the first woman elected as a Lutheran bishop is resigning amid allegations of failing to thoroughly investigate sexual abuse cases.
The news agency DAPD, citing an anonymous source, reported Friday that the Protestant Bishop of Hamburg, Maria Jepsen, is set to announce her resignation.
A church official confirmed that Jepsen will hold a press conference Friday afternoon, but wouldn’t elaborate.
The 65-year-old bishop recently came under fire because she allegedly knew about cases of sexual abuse for several years, but failed to act.
Jepsen was elected Lutheran bishop in 1992, becoming the first woman worldwide to hold the post.
Sooo… she handled very badly an abuse case of a Protestant pastor.
So much for the "relational wisdom of women"!
And of course, this has nothing to do with celibacy.
What the article doesn’t say is that a witness has testified under oath that she told Jepsen in 1999 about the case. Jepsen doesn’t remember.
It is all over the German news and an Italian article is on the Papa Ratzinger Blog.
Jepsen was a liberal darling, having espoused all the usual causes.
BBC has this.