[quote="R_C, post:5, topic:309638"]
I did not say that the priest did not intend to absolve, or that he willfully omitted the words, or anything of the sort. However, if the form means anything at all, that is, if the words carry any significance whatsoever, then omitting the you makes it invalid.
Which is why they are called essential words.
Sure, the intention was there, the grammar was sound, etc. But the Ordo Penitentiae specifies very clearly:
I don't see the big deal with him confessing again.
I don't either, but I find it slightly ridiculous that the wording has to be exactly the same. I thought that it was really about intent, and only if the priest intended to leave out the words should you need to go back.