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 Post subject: Was my absolution valid?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:33 am 
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The priest did not say the absolution aloud, I think he did not even move his lips. He made a sign of the Cross. He is a weak, old priest and has some difficulty to speak.

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 Post subject: Re: Was my absolution valid?
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Doubtful at best; the words must be pronounced externally, even if you can't hear them.

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 Post subject: Re: Was my absolution valid?
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This priest usually absolves this way. He has absolved quietly each time I've confessed to him.

This priest is too old to do other stuff, so usually the three other priests in the parish celebrate Mass and do the day-to-day managing work while the old priest hears confessions.

Therefore, it is very highly likely that the next time I go to confess, I'll get the same priest.

The next time I go and he absolves me quietly, should I ask him to absolve me loudly? Is there anything else I can do?

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I'm not sure if I would use the term "loudly," but you can tactfully say that it makes you uncomfortable if you can't hear the absolution.

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 Post subject: Re: Was my absolution valid?
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I would note that some priests will say the absolution while the penitent makes the act of contrition. I usually hear at least whispering, but is it possible that his whispering is inaudible to you?

I agree with Father; I'm just asking.

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all of my priests will absolve you, then ask you to say an act of contrition.... or at least that has been the standard lately ... there have been more than a few times the request for the act of contrition was never made :?

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 Post subject: Re: Was my absolution valid?
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ThomisticCajunAggie wrote:
I would note that some priests will say the absolution while the penitent makes the act of contrition. I usually hear at least whispering, but is it possible that his whispering is inaudible to you?

I agree with Father; I'm just asking.

Here, the act of contrition is not said in the confessional. After absolution, the penitent moves away from the confessional, kneels down and says the act of contrition along with the penance assigned.

So, no, that is not a possibility.

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