[quote="Deo_Gratias42, post:9, topic:299912"]
This is not true. Please stop telling people that their sins are forgiven simply because they did what God asked them to do. If the form of absolution isn't correct, there is no absolution and the sins aren't absolved. If it isn't an actual priest saying the words of absolution, the sins are not absolved. If the priest doesn't have the proper jurisdiction from the bishop, and it is not in the danger of death, there is no valid absolution and the sins are not forgiven.
The section on the Sacrament of Penance in moral theology books is quite extensive in these regards. Before a priest is ordained and/or given faculties to hear confessions, the bishop must examine him to be certain he is competent in these regards. From what I've read here and other places online, it would appear many priests need to be re-examined and possibly have their permission to hear confessions removed until they are deemed competent.
I'm going to side with Fr. Serpa on this one. Yes, I would agree that it is objectively grave matter for a priest to change the words of absolution...but Ego te absolvo..."I absolve you..." is only the Roman Rite formula in use in the Latin Church. Our brothers and sisters in the Byzantine Rite are absolved using the following formula:
God, through Nathan the prophet, forgave David his sins; and Peter shedding bitter tears over his denial; and the adulteress weeping at his feet; and the publican and the prodigal son. May this same God, through me, a sinner, forgive + you everything in this life and in the life to come. And may you stand uncondemned before His awesome judgment-seat, for His Name is blessed forever and ever. Amen.
According to the Magisterium, the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches validly celebrate the sacrament of penance.