Valid formula for absolution?


When I received Absolution during Confession today, the priest said the prayer as “I forgive you in the name of…” instead of “I absolve you in the name of…”.

Does this affect the validity of his Absolution? Am I still absolved?


That is not a valid absolution. Priest do not have the power to forgive, only God can do that. They do have the power to absolve, to remove the sin after God has forgiven it.

The same thing happened to me a few years ago and it set off alarm bells. I did some research and that is what I found.


So will I have to go back to confession all over again?


Maybe this will help? :)


Modern Catholic Dictionary:

ABSOLUTION. In the sacrament of penance, the act by which a qualified priest, having the necessary jurisdiction, remits the guilt and penalty due to sin. The new formula of absolution, since the Second Vatican Council, is: “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” To which the penitent answers, “Amen.” In this formula the essential words are: “I absolve you.” For centuries, the Church used the deprecatory form of absolution, e.g., “May God absolve you from your sins.” This was really declarative in meaning, as is clear from the fact that in the whole of tradition the priest who absolved was looked upon as a judge who actually absolved, even though he used the subjunctive mood to express his affirmative judgment. (Etym. Latin absolvere, to free from; to absolve, acquit.)


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