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The Vatican now pontificates on soccer, in a weekly radio program. Why not? The culture of sport could benefit from high-minded commentary.

And it might benefit the church too. I'd wager that the purpose is to advertise the cardinals' love of the game, and to expand their presence in the sports community. While it may prove a successful venture on those terms, drawing sports commentary from such a narrow pool seems unlikely to pass the market test.