From a reader:
Father, i went to confession this afternoon and instead of the usual “I absolve you from your sins…” the priest said instead, “I now absolve you from your sins…”. Was my confession valid?
Yes, it was valid.
In a sense, “I now absolve” isn’t too far from “Ego… absolvo“, given that absolvo is present tense.
That change to the form isn’t enough to invalidate the absolution.
That said, priests should stick to the form as it is given by the Church. Just say the black words on the page while doing the red words. In this way, priests don’t a) impose themselves on the rite and b) lead anyone to have a doubt about what happened.