A priest once absolved me by saying “Be absolved of your sins …” Was this valid? I’d like to know also if “I forgive …” is valid as that has happened to me before also.
The Church is quite flexible with the words of consecration and absolution for the benefit of the faithful so long as the words convey what the Church means in each instance. So “be forgiven” and “I forgive you” instead of “I absolve you” are valid—but definitley illicit.
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.
'I Forgive you...' v 'I Absolve you...'