When I worked in the Vatican I had a mantra: “Yesterday’s technology tomorrow!” We updated our equipment every 75 years, whether it needed it or not.
I am happy to see recent developments. For example, Vatican Radio and CTV have a greater video/audio player which works! Their sites are still a chaotic mess, but – hey! – whoever said that being a Catholic was easy?
I am also glad to see that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has a new site. Year ago, under Card. Castrillon as Prefect, the Cong. for Clergy started doing its own internet thing apart from the Holy See’s regular paradigm, bless them. The CDF can now have a more prominent web presence. It is about time, by the, that the CDF become again La Suprema.
From the Holy See Press Office with my emphases:
UPDATING AND REORGANIZATION OF THE WEBPAGE
OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH
Documents of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which have the express approbation of the Holy Father participate in his ordinary Magisterium as the Successor of Peter (cf. Instruction Donum veritatis on the ecclesial vocation of the theologian: 24 May 1990, n. 18). For this reason, attentive reception of these texts is important for all members of the faithful and in particular for those who are engaged in theological and pastoral work in the name of the Church.
Wider distribution of the teaching of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is necessary in today’s world. The documents of the Congregation which have been published from the time of the Second Vatican Council were printed in the volume, CONGREGATIO PRO DOCTRINA FIDEI, Documenta inde a Concilio Vaticano Secundo expleto edita (1966-2005): LEV, Vatican City, 2006. These texts treat significant questions for the life and mission of the Church and give important doctrinal responses to the challenges of our times.
In order to facilitate online consultation of its documents, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has created a new domain (www.doctrinafidei.va) in addition to the already existing access from the official site of the Holy See (www.vatican.va).
The major documents of the Congregation are available in eight languages: Latin, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Polish. Certain documents are also available in Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, and Dutch. The work of adding other translations continues. At the present, each document is available in its original language as well as in some translations.
The documents are organized in two ways on the website. There is a general list of all the texts organized chronologically, and three subgroups of these texts, divided into doctrinal, disciplinary and sacramental documents.
In addition, the website also presents information on the Congregation’s series “Documenti e Studi” which are individual printed volumes presenting a major document of the Congregation together with commentaries by noted theologians. There is also a description of the volumes containing the proceedings of various symposia organized by the Congregation in recent years. Finally, the website includes various speeches and other contributions by the Cardinal Prefects.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is convinced that the enhanced availability of these documents will be of significant value in communicating the teaching of the Church to people throughout the world.
Check it out!
I hope it won’t be the same ol’ same ol’.