ITALIAN HACKTIVISTS representing Anonymous targeted the Vatican yesterday, taking down its web site.
The hacktivist group is not striking out against Catholicism over anything new, but rather its history, and called out the organisation over alleged bad practices and profiteering.
"Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organisation spreads around the world. This attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against the corrupt Roman Apostolic Church," it said in a message that is reproduced on Pastebin.
"You have burned books of immense historical and literary value, you barbarously executed your fiercest detractors and critics over the centuries, have denied universally deemed valid or plausible theories, have led the unwary to pay to get access to paradise with the sale of indulgences...".
It goes on, accusing the organisation of enslaving entire populations, aiding Nazi war criminals and harbouring child molesters.
Other accounts suggested that there was less meaning behind the attacks, though they still celebrated it.
The Vatican website, www.vatican.va, was inaccessible for some time yesterday evening. µ