The patch for part of the website comes after cybersecurity experts urged the Vatican to beef up its defenses against hackers.
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican fixed an issue on its website that meant it was posting at least two different editions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in English.
When using an online search engine, Internet users could access two different editions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in English, one of which was an earlier edition.
Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office, told CNA last week that “this is one of those cases where system updates are incompletely coordinated, so a page had the old version and the other the most recent ”.
Bruni explained that after being alerted, Vatican staff realigned the catechism pages in English and checked the website for similar issues in other languages.
Before it was corrected, the Vatican website showed two versions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sometimes not reflecting recent significant changes to the document.
In one version, for example, Pope Francis 2018 update in paragraph 2267 on the death penalty was not present, while nothing on the page indicated that it was an older edition of the Catechism.
In one version, paragraph 2358, on homosexuality, showed wording of a previous draft of the Catechism, which omitted the phrase “which is objectively disordered” after the words “this inclination”, except when the “concordant links” were extinguished.
After repairing the website, the full paragraph, as published in the Catechism, is visible whether the concordant links are activated or deactivated.
Following the update, when website users use a search engine to find the Vatican’s website post of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, some links may lead to an error message stating “Prohibited” and that access to the page is not authorized.
This issue can be resolved by clicking on the appropriate link or by going to the English version of the Vatican website directly and clicking on “Resource Library” at the bottom of the home page, which leads to a section called “Archive” containing a link to the Catechism.
Part of website patch comes after cybersecurity experts urged the Vatican to strengthen its defenses against pirates.
Andrew Jenkinson, CEO of Cybersec Innovation Partners (CIP) in London, told CNA in November last year that he contacted the Vatican in July to express concern about its vulnerability to cyber attacks.
UK cybersecurity consultancy firm approached Vatican over reports in July 2020 that suspected Chinese state-sponsored hackers targeted Vatican computer networks.