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Rector Barbie

High fashion meets high church: Barbie’s been ordained. Here is the Rev. Barbara Hightower Smythe, Rector of St. Barbara’s-By-The-Sea in Malibu, Calif.

She was created by the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, an Episcopalian priest. And Rector Barbie has her own Facebook page.

The Episcopalian Cafe reports:

While refusing to comment on individual seminarians or ordinands during a recent news conference, Episcopal Church Director of Communications Neva Rae Fox appeared visibly relieved that a celebrity managed to enter holy orders in the Episcopal Church without first having a public scandal.