This is true, because it’s straight from the horse’s mouth—the equid being Vatican Radio.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales is launching a new program that will offer a ‘Faith Card’ to the faithful, as a reminder that all the baptised are invited to know and share their faith. One million cards will be made available to all twenty-four Catholic dioceses in England and Wales, including the Bishopric of the Forces and the Ordinariate.
The credit-card-size resource features on one side, a space for the owner to sign, a clear statement that the carrier is a Catholic and a list of six things that Catholics are called to do. There is also a sentence that reads: “In the event of an emergency, please call a Catholic priest.” The other side of the card has a quote from the recently beatified Blessed John Henry Newman, focusing on the call to serve and affirming that everyone has a mission.
“It’s an idea that we had to remind people that they are Catholic,” said Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton, the Chair of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis that is spearheading the initiative. “We hope that people will have a better sense of their Catholic identity.”
Here it is!
To me this card bespeaks the desperation of the Catholic Church as they see their adherents slipping away.
I love the last line: “In the event of an emergency please contact a Catholic priest.” As reader Sigmund wrote when sending me this link, “What sort of emergency would that be? Making a movie about an exorcism when on a short time constraint and your main actor fails to turn up?”