I went to Confession this morning while on vacation, and (much to my surprise, but also my delight) there were a lot of people at the local Parish to confess. One of the Priests was slightly in a hurry, and it looked like he had to get ready for something (A Mass?), but he needed to get through this long line of people waiting to confess (this was the line I was in). I noticed that the line seemed to be moving quite quickly for whatever reason. Anyways, when I got in there, it became very obvious that he was rushing the whole thing. I was so thrown off that I unintentionally forgot to confess the mortal sin I was there for! He skipped the Act of Contrition, I didn’t hear “Christ has reconciled you to himself” or anything. Really, the only thing he said at the end was “I absolve you of your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” That’s it. Oh, and he managed to quickly give me penance too.
So, I have two questions. One, was my confession valid, seeing as I forgot to confess the mortal sin I was there for? And second, was the confession valid altogether, seeing as almost everything was skipped or rushed?