Dot Catholic – with a Large C

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All domain names are case insensitive, but the newest top level domain is definitely .Catholic – with a large C!

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has announced that it has received final approval from ICANN on its application to run .catholic.

Of course DNS won’t care if you capitalise it, but sites with .catholic domain extensions will most definitely be Roman Catholic, with “canonical recognition … so people online — Catholics and non-Catholics — will know a site is authentically Catholic”, said Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Council.

Dioceses and parishes will be able to apply for .catholic domains, along with religious orders and institutions such as schools.

It will be interesting to see if some kind of imprimatur approval process is involved, and whether the right to use such a domain can be withdrawn in the event that “canonical recognition” is lost.


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19 Responses to Dot Catholic – with a Large C

  1. David Quaid October 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I wonder if .catholic domains will be held high for inbound links?

    I presume that they’ll also introduce CC domains for parishes

    • Conn Ó Muíneacháin October 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Such as ennis.ie.catholic?

      Actually, Msgr Tighe is quoted, saying: “the recognized structure of the church can be mirrored in the digital space”.

      So then that would be parish.diocese.catholic, e.g. ennis.killaloe.catholic

      • David Quaid October 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

        We were wondering what kind of upsells there might be on the Vatican reseller site:

        1. Add a Papal Blesssing for €199 (Must for extra SEO Benefits)

        2. Add a Vatican-banned-media Spam Filter for just €2 per mailbox per month

        3. Add a Mass-Card-Builder app for just €19.99 that will send pre-blessed e-Mass Cards

  2. Michael Burke October 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Will the Vatican be registering “isthepopea.catholic”?

    • David Quaid October 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Love it

      • Conn Ó Muíneacháin October 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

        You could probably just hardcode that page – couldn’t you?

        • Michael Burke October 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

          Probably, but I was thinking more along the lines of isitchristmas.com, so the minute he stops being a Catholic it’d change automatically.

          • Conn Ó Muíneacháin October 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

            Exactly why I’m saying you could probably get away with a static page, on the balance of probability 🙂

  3. Anton_S1 October 16, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Could I get quotes for:


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