"I attend the
Traditional Mass whenever I can. Can a Novus Ordo priest in confession give
a valid absolution?"
Answer / Resources:
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Yes, a priest who says
Novus Ordo Mass can certainly give valid absolution (assuming, of course,
the priest has been validly ordained, has proper jurisdiction, and uses the
correct form). The validity of absolution has nothing to do with which Mass a
priest says. The ability to absolve depends upon holy orders and it also
requires proper jurisdiction and proper form. One might encounter validity
issues involving confession with priests who exclusively say the Traditional
Latin Mass as they may lack jurisdiction [excepting, as applicable, parishes
served by authorized groups (e.g. Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the
Institute of Christ the King)]. With priests who say the Novus Ordo Mass, I
imagine one's more likely concern involves form. In either case (e.g.
concerns/questions about jurisdiction or concerns/questions concerning form), it
may be useful to contact your bishop. The bishop should be able to confirm the
proper jurisdiction of a given priest and also answer questions/settle issues
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