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or, in most languages, non obstante Rugby and Gridiron, simply “Football” or a variation like the French “le foot”.  The 2014 Soccer World Cup tournament began earlier today, and will end in frenzy in a fortnight.  A French commentator was asked a question about soccer’s continuing universal appeal, not to say the fanaticism of its followers, in spite of the notorious global financial corruption of the sport.  His immediate response was to compare the cohabitation of current Catholic Church scandals with the unshakeable faith of its 1.2 billion members.  Belief in any religion is a form of blindness, but different from the frightful physical affliction, the religions of Soccer and Catholicism involve a refusal to see.  That’s why blind faith is blind folly.