Father, if the confessor forgot say “IN THE NAME” in absolution formula, is the sacrament VALID? But, the confessor makes the sign of the cross.
Again we have some jackass who doesn’t use the proper “form” of a sacrament and, by fooling around with it, causes confusion and anxiety among the faithful.
Now for an answer to the question.
A confessor says the first part of the form of absolution “I absolve you from your sins” and the OMITS “in the name of” and goes straight to “Father Son and Holy Spirit” while making the sign of the Cross.
I think this stupidly sloppy but it is valid.
I find in Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott.
“In the Latin Church the words are: Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. The words” in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti” are demanded neither by the ordinance of Christ nor by the nature of the judicial sentence for the validity of the form. The prayers preceding and following the Absolution are not essential to the form, and may be omitted for a grave reason.”
There it is.
A grave reason could be an pressing emergency. A man is trapped under rubble in a burning building and the firefighters are dragging the priest away as they strive to save everyone’s lives.
There is no possible grave reason when you are in a parish confessional during regularly scheduled confessions.
No, wait. Another scenario, in a parish confession during regular hours: The priest tries to finish the form of absolution while having a heart attack and, in his pain, omits that part of the form.
FATHERS! SAY THE BLACK! Just say the words as they have been given. Do NOT fool around with people according to your insignificant whims.