The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attempted to block a Vatican bid to create new web addresses ending in .catholic, arguing that it cannot demonstrate that it possesses a monopoly over the term ‘Catholic’...
This opposition has come about as bids have been invited for the creation of new 'top-level' domains, for example .com and .co.uk. In its complaint the Saudi Government have stated (correctly) that Christians outside the Roman Catholic Church use the word 'Catholic' to refer more broadly to the whole Christian Church.
The Vatican put in a bid for the new domain earlier this year, saying it was "a recognition of how important the digital space is for the church". While it's great to see God's church advancing, it's something we need to do together, and having a single denomination control a broadly Christian word would be difficult! The same would apply for .jesus, although we can't see that being licensed to anyone any time soon.
So what do you think - should the Church be worrying about things like top-level domains, or should it first focus on making sure that every church has a functioning usable website? Let us know: