Was my Confession valid?

A few weeks ago during the absolution portion of Confession, the priest used the words, “I forgive you” rather than the typical, “I absolve you.”

Was my Confession valid but illicit?

Dear Mister,

Your Confession was valid, but illicit. The Church gives leeway here with the matter of validity for the benefit of the penitent. However, the priest does not have the authority to deviate from the proscribed formula.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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