Catholics looking for diocese's Web site find porn instead

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2001

CLEVELAND (AP) -- People searching for the Web site of Cleveland's Roman Catholic diocese are instead being linked to hard-core pornography.

To solve the problem, the diocese has informed the region's nearly 1 million Catholics that its Web address has changed, and has asked people to remove any link to the old address, now a pornography site.

When the diocese switched to a new Web address it let the old domain name expire, to save the $75 annual fee. The name was grabbed by a porn site operator.

The diocese was trying to weave through the electronic maze to locate the site operator and would try to halt use of its old name, spokesman Robert Tayek said.


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