Vatican Widget To Commemorate Pope Benedict XVI’s (#266) 7th Anniversary As P.M. — April 20, 2012
Remember when the Vatican appointed a Web czar, viz. Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella, and he confessed at his first press conference that he did not have Internet access? It is ‘OK’ if you can’t remember — because here is a link.
Well, they appear to be also having some issues with the Vatican widget.
As I pointed out on April 20, the day they announced it, their process for requesting the widget was flawed — and quite amazingly continues to still be flawed, at least if you happen to be using FireFox (the preferred browser of the tech savvy). Well, given that there are nights when I dream in HTML it didn’t take me long to work out where they screwed up. The grey button that says ‘WIDGET VATICAN.VA’ is meant to be lined to an e-mail request. You can expose the link by putting the cursor over it:
So, later that day, Friday, April 20, 2012, a week ago today, I sent them the requisite e-mail with the URL for this blog, my e-mail, my physical mailing address, my social security number, date of birth, place of birth, time of birth, mother’s maiden name, my Visa credit card number, expiration date and security code. To be on the safe side I gave them the userid and password for my PayPal account. Well, if you can’t trust the Vatican, who can you trust? But, still nothing. Nada.
It is, however, curious that the offer for this holy widget appeared on the same day that the appropriately named Cardinal Burke made this statement: ‘Catholic Communicators Must Obey Church Teaching’. Was that really a coincidence or is the Vatican using the offer of the widget to compile a list of all Catholic Web sites so that they can monitor the content. Will they then publish and enforce a Index Weborum Prohibitorum — not that that would bother me since obviously this blog will always pass muster.