Catholic Bishop: 'Moral Decadence' of 21st Century West 'Rivals Decline & Fall of Roman Empire’

By Barbara Hollingsworth | August 11, 2015 | 11:27 AM EDT

Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.  (AP photo)

( – Bishop Thomas Paprocki says that the “moral decadence of our 21st century Western world now rivals the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.”

“Historians tell us that abortion and infanticide were widespread, commonplace, and for the most part legal in the classical world of the Greeks and Romans," said Paprocki, the head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.

"Perhaps if they had the technology at the time, they would have sold fetal body parts for profit,” the bishop said in a July 26 video response to undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood (PP) officials appear to be discussing the sale of tissue from aborted babies.

“Since the moral decadence of our 21st century Western world now rivals the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, it should not surprise us that the nationwide abortion provider Planned Parenthood has been exposed for trafficking and selling the body parts of aborted babies.

“I say we should not be surprised, but we still should be shocked and appalled at this moral depravity,” Paprocki said.

Pointing out that “the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000,” the bishop also addressed PP’s insistence that the fetal body parts were being donated rather than sold.

“Unborn babies are absolutely unable to consent to donating their organs, and the harvesting of their organs involves the premeditated killing of these babies,” Paprocki stated.

The bishop also criticized President Obama for not speaking out against PP, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“President Obama, in 2013, was the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood, telling them: ‘I want you to know that you’ve got a president who’s going to be right there with you fighting every step of the way.’

“What have we heard about this expose of Planned Parenthood from the White House, which was illuminated in rainbow colors when the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country?” Paprocki asked.

“Silence. Deafening silence.” 

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