You have to hand it to hacker outfit Anonymous, they are not prepared to let bygones be bygones.
Yesterday the Vatican’s website was down for a number of hours and Anonymous’s Italian members rushed to stick their hands up to confess to the crime.
But, according to the Italian press, the hackers were not miffed at the Church for any of its recent actions but rather have focused on a complaint which would have been familiar to Martin Luther.
It said that the hack was to protest of a number of alleged abuses by the Catholic Church including past execution of heretics, and the selling of indulgences.
Indulgences used to be when you paid the church to get you out of purgatory early by arranging for appropriate prayers to be said after you died. It was a scam invented by one of the few British popes who knew a fair bit about purgatory having visited early Slough.
“Today, Anonymous has decided to put your site under siege in response to your doctrine, liturgy and the absurd and anachronistic rules that your profit-making organisation spreads around the world,” the hackers wrote in the statement,
It pointed out that the attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against the corrupt Roman Apostolic Church.
The Church has said sorry for the execution of some of its heretics, such as Giordano Bruno who was the first to suggest that there might be life on other planets. Although, to be fair, Bruno, who was a monk, also thought worshipping the Sun rather than Christ was a pretty neat idea.