If you haven’t seen yet, Anonymous, that weirdo hacker group that wears the Guy Fawkes masks, has hacked the Vatican site. As far as I can tell, www.vatican.va is still down, though they’re reportedly “working on it.” At least, I couldn’t get it to load.
Anonymous says that they were protesting the long history of Catholic Church misdeeds, and they disliked how the Vatican is apparently trying to get involved in Italian politics.
When I first read this, I thought, “that’s a really weird way to protest.” Seriously. There wasn’t very much on the website in the first place–mostly papal pronouncements. So it accomplishes nothing, except sending people elsewhere if they want to see Humane vitae for themselves and see if the Pope Paul VI actually did compare sex with birth control with marital rape.
It honestly is nothing more than people simply taking out their frustrations by crashing a site, and for no real reason, since most of their complaints are kind of absurd. Complaining about Catholic doctrine and liturgy? Why not crash the Anglican Communion website, then? We have the same sort of liturgy as the Catholics for historic reasons. Anachronistic rules? A lot of it is borne on tradition, like priestly celibacy, and those rules can be changed. These rules are mostly as a consequence of trying to manage a world-wide organization. I might agree with them if they were talking about the slowness of the Church in addressing modern issues and consistent scientific studies (such as contraception =/= abortion). But I don’t think that’s even the issue here.
They’re mad that the Church has been an incredibly political organization in it’s past. Fortunately, the Reformation and the subsequent Counter-Reformation took care of the political corruption. They’re mad that the Church is still somewhat politically active. Now, I don’t know to the extent that the Church is involved in Italian politics, but I can understand that frustration. Americans are kind of frustrated that the Catholic Bishops are trying to influence politics here. But I tell you, it’s nowhere near as close to the corruption of old. There’s still faith-politics going on, but that exists in any denomination or religion.
I suggest Anonymous take a look at what has been historically effective in protests against the Catholic Church. How about they nail their complaints on a door? Or if we were to update it for modern times, they can mount an iPad to a door and provide a QR code for people to “like” it on Facebook.