While we grappled with the un-Catholic statements Francis made in the La Repubblica interview yesterday, the Vatican Bank quietly released its first-ever annual report, revealing it quadrupled its earnings in 2012, according to this article in Vatican Insider.
This Intercollegiate Review piece bristles with those dreaded words, DECADENCE and OBSESSION. And they're not even talking about traditional Catholics! Those words are being flung at the federal government about the shutdown of non-essential services.
And the world keeps going, even with the shutdown, which leads us to believe that it just might be that "Beauty Will Save the World," as described in this essay for Front Porch Republic.