Keith Armato, a prominent Chicago Catholic layman involved with the Institute,
. . . had read the letter of Cardinal Cupich announcing the suspension of the ICKSP priests as of August 1 [and had] explained to LifeSite that the reason for this suspension is that the Institute could not, in their conscience, sign a document presented to them by Cupich.
In that document, which contains several points, the ICKSP priests were asked to sign that the Novus Ordo Mass is the only true expression of the Roman rite, thereby rejecting the traditional Roman rite.
Among other things, the priests were also asked to accept that they would have to ask the archbishop for permission to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass, and that this permission would be limited to two years and could be revoked at any given time.
Armato had told LifeSite that the Institute could not sign this document because it goes “against their charism.”
Hell, it could go against their status as people who can’t bring themselves to sign under pressure. And what kind of church or any other kind of leader would take seriously any such signature?
Unless he wanted them to go away, period.
You’d think he was a Roman emperor. Heavy, heavy hangs the hand.