The Armchair Liturgist: Cremation Terminology

Words mean a lot, especially to a liturgist. Your opinion, dwellers in the purple chair, on the portmanteau “cremains.”

Would you use it, discourage it, or ban it? If one of the latter two, any notion of a replacement?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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5 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Cremation Terminology

  1. Dislike “cremains.” It can be banned after “copasetic” is banned.

  2. Liam says:

    If by “ban” you mean using authority to forbid its use among parish staff: yes. (Can’t “ban” non-staff from using it.

    It’s not a needed word. Ashes and remains are perfectly suitable without sounding faux-technical.

  3. Jim McCrea says:

    In about 50 years, the USCCB will accept “Cremains” ………. “as the church has always taught ….”
    The word may not be “needed” is some eyes, but it has become common in usage.

    • Liam says:

      It’s not that common among regular folk, where ashes is much more common. It’s mostly used in an eddy of industry/ministry folks.

  4. Melody says:

    I guess I would just say “ashes”. But I don’t see any point in trying to micromanage vocabulary.

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