dotCatholic sounds dotVati-cool

I know The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is happy to make this announcement:

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, has been allowing entities to apply for ownership of hundreds, and soon thousands, of new domain names such as .london, .insurance and .xbox, among others.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications. . . recently received confirmation that it will control the new Internet address extension .catholic and decide who is allowed to use it.

The Vatican will run .catholic and its equivalents in other languages using Latin letters, as well as the equivalent of the word “Catholic” in the Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese alphabets.

Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the social communications council [says] “We are very happy the approval has been achieved, but there is still a lot of work to do before it goes live.”

…There are still bureaucratic kinks to iron out, like contracts to sign, technical trials to run and clear guidelines to set up for potential users of the domain name.

[Tighe relates that] the Vatican plans to allow “institutions and communities that have canonical recognition” to use the extension, “so people online — Catholics and non-Catholics — will know a site is authentically Catholic.”

Unfortunately you won’t be seeing any Anchoress.Catholic (or CryWoof.Catholic or WimpyCatholic.Catholic or a IHavetoSitDown.Catholic) but that’s okay. I still think it’s very cool that the Vatican is in control of the .Catholic domain.

It’s Vaticool.

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  • Augustine

    I think that it opens a can of worms. Note that the Church will not retain control in many other scripts, like Japanese and Hindi. Not to mention the notoriously dubious partners that the PCSC associates with, will they be “blessed” kosher too? IMO, the Church should retain control of the TLD and never use it. If it wants to bestow some official seal of approval, she already controls the .va TLD.

    PS: just in case, I’ll apply for

  • Victor

    I agree with you Anchoress when you say in so many words that His Holiness and The Vatican should and/or must start somewhere!
    The Good Lord sure does work in mysterious Ways! Right? :)
    God Bless Peace

  • CT Catholic Corner

    I hope the universities who currently use the title “Catholic” but continually reject Catholic teaching are NOT allowed to use ‘.catholic’. If a school or institute uses the title “Catholic” it ought to actually BE Catholic in more than just title. JMO