The Vatican has spoken out against creating religious internet top level domain categories such as .catholic, .islam or .buddhist.
Carlo Maria Polvani, the Vatican representative to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees internet names, said the non-profit organisation could put its "wise policy of neutrality" at threat if it has to choose which religious group could use the domains, the news agency Ninemsn reports.
Figuring out how to safely create new gTLDs was the main reason for ICANN's creation over ten years ago, The Register says. But while it managed to squeeze out a handful of "test" domains, including .info, .museum, .travel and .biz, in 2001, the organisation has been hopelessly entangled in self imposed red tape ever since.
Vatican against .catholic domain name (Ninemsn)
Vatican vetoes "dot god" domain (The Register)