Usually when I go to confession, after the priest prescribes a penance, he tells me to say my act of contrition, then when I'm done he says the words of absolution.
However, there's one priest who skips from giving me my penance straight to absolution.
Is this permissible? Against the rules but still valid?
If I already concluded the confession part with an expression of remorse, does that make a difference? Maybe he treats that "for these and all my many sins, I am truly sorry" as an act of contrition in itself, even though it does not contain a purpose of amendment?
Is it also true that before Vatican II, the penitent would say the act of contrition (in English) during the words of absolution (in Latin)? (I saw it done like that on a TV drama... so it must be true!) Maybe the priest is old-school, and I should just say the act while he's giving me absolution?