ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t make Sign of the Cross when giving absolution

Posted February 10, 2017 1:08 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t make Sign of the Cross when giving absolution

Priest making Sign of the Cross when giving absolution
From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Whether an absolution is valid if the priest prays the form of the sacrament correctly, but does not make the sign of the cross.
This might just be scruples, but recently, I went to confession to a priest who had a physical limitation and could not use his right arm.
Also, he has difficulty using his left arm. (He may have had a stroke.) Unfortunately, there was no way to go behind the grill, so when it came time for the absolution, I noticed he just prayed the words, and did not

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