So, yeah, I went to confession today with a visiting priest. It was by all accounts a good confession (thanks be to God) but I did notice one anomaly that gave rise within me to a series of questions about the form of the sacrament.
Basically, the priest gave absolution with: "And I absolve you of all your sins, in the name of the Father...etc."
It didn't bother me until I remembered that the form, as given by the Holy See, does not contain the word: "all." The original Latin is as follows:
«Deus, Pater misericordiarum, qui per mortem et resurrectionem Filii Sui mundum Sibi reconciliavit et Spiritum Sanctum effudit in remissionem peccatorum, per ministerium Ecclesiae indulgentiam tibi tribuat et pacem. Et ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti ».
There is no "all" or a word in Latin equivalent to this.
Anyway, I don't really doubt the validity of my confession because it would seem to be frivolous to dwell on such a small matter.
Even still, it does make me wonder about the "form" of the Sacrament and how much change can be in the form without affecting validity.
What do y'all think?