What’s in your wallet? How about a Catholic ID card?

Catholics in England and Wales could soon have the credit-card sized document above in their wallets.


A card communicating that its carrier is a baptised Catholic will be distributed nationally on behalf of the bishops of England and Wales.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is distributing one million cards to 24 dioceses including the Bishopric of the Forces and the ordinariate in order to cultivate evangelisation among Catholics.

The credit-card-size resource features on one side 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 contact a Catholic priest.”

The other side of the card has a quote from Blessed John Henry Newman, focusing on the call to serve and affirming that everyone has a mission.

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton, chairman of the bishops’ Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, said: “We all carry a variety of cards in our purses and wallets which reflect something of our identity and the things that are important to us. The faith card for Catholics aims to offer a daily reminder of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We can’t summarise the whole of our faith in bullet points, but we hope that the card simply inspires people to do, read and learn more.”

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  1. I like it. I’d like to actually see it be a credit card however. Maybe get VISA or Mastercard to enter into some kind of licensing arrangement like universities and other groups do.

  2. Great idea. I’d carry that, though I don’t know about a credit card, especially since the Church is against usuary. ;)

    Actually I wonder if it’s to offset the anti Christian crusade that’s going on in Britain. So anti Christian that the British government is supporting mandating that employees cannot wear crosses. It may be hard to believe but read here:

  3. I want one of these.

  4. I would like one also. I do carry a Sacred Heart of Jesus scapular (it is enclosed in plastic) in my wallet. I think I received this some 40 years ago.

  5. oldestof9 says:

    Of course it wouldn’t be an “official” card of the people like this one, but anyone who is literate enough to post on this blog should be able to make one…I’m gonna.

    Peace to all

  6. Catherine says:

    I’d love to have a card like that.

  7. I like the card very much and, like others here, think I’ll make my own and get it laminated. I watched as my mother-in-law was given last rites by a priest a month ago in the E.R., and realized how much I hope I’ll receive the same blessing and grace when I am near death.

    As for Britain “supporting mandating that employees cannot wear crosses,” Manny, that’s not quite what the article reveals. Looks like the British government is supporting the right of individual PRIVATE EMPLOYERS to forbid employees from wearing outward signs of religious faith while at work. That’s not the same as the government mandating that people cannot ever wear crosses (or other religious symbols) at work. Even in the US. (I suspect), employers have pretty free reign in regulating what their employees can/cannot wear while at work. (Though I admit I would not be happy if my employer got on me about wearing a symbol of my faith if I were inclined to wear it during all waking hours. But legally, I suspect they would have the right to tell me to take it off while on the job, since my faith does not mandate that I wear it.)

  8. Some time ago, I found an older one in some papers I had (different style but same basic message). I have it prominently displayed in my wallet. It’s the first thing you see. And, because I thought the “I am a Catholic” was not prominent enough in gold letters, I took my bright yellow highlighter and made it really stand out.

    Years ago, I attended someone who was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk. It took a while to establish whether the man was Catholic or not. No one seemed to know until a buddy of his walked by and said yes.

    Believe me, we all want the sacraments when we are dying. I carry the card because I don’t want anyone to have a doubt.

    ps. Just because they are not currently a popular item doesn’t mean you can’t make your own (and have it laminated, too)!

  9. There have been religous medals for decades that do this same thing. I wear one right now and have for years. On the back it also calls for a priest. It is blessed.
    Of course a pretty good identity of being Catholic in most cases (Madonna excluded with her depraved use of the rosary as jewelry) is the rosary. It is always in my pocket when I leave home. Never know when you will get stuck in traffic. Never start a long trip without starting it with the rosary.

    What I find interesting is this coming from England. There was an identity card that holds a sacred promise from our lady for those wearing it when they died. My wife Greta had on her Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel when she deaprted this earth. It was made by nuns at the Vatican. It carries with it by Catholic Tradition dating to the 13th century a promise…

    Those who die in it will be saved.

    Why would we not use what the Catholic Church has given us for centuries rather than a laminated secular copy in our wallets? It offers nothing that I can see here other than the plea for a priest. Kind of sad in a way. Of course in fairness, I do have identification of being in the Knights of Columbus and also a Third Order Dominican in my wallet. Don’t know why as I haven’t pulled them out since they went in. Never thought about them before.

  10. midwestlady says:

    Kevin. No. Not at all. We’re not that kind of organization and people shouldn’t be running ad campaigns on us, etc. We’re not just another commercial demographic.

  11. midwestlady says:

    It may have already been in the offing to do something like this because the Pope is trying to get the bishops in the West to work on Catholic identity, because we’ve lost that, along with proper teaching of the faith.

    The timing, however, may not be a coincidence. Catholics in Britain are under severe pressure not to display their faith in public. Thus the wallet card rather than a crucifix, cross or rosary hanging in the car.

  12. midwestlady says:

    Either way, this is part of a much bigger picture, and not just another little trinket that we could get. Americans love trinkets.

  13. I know, I was joking.

  14. Three Irishmen are sitting in the pub window seat, watching the front door of the brothel over the road.

    The local Methodist pastor appears, and quickly goes inside.

    “Would you look at that!” says the first Irishman. “Didn’t I always say what a bunch of hypocrites they are?”

    No sooner are the words out of his mouth than a Rabbi appears at the door, knocks, and goes inside.

    “Another one trying to fool everyone with pious preaching and stupid hats!”

    They continue drinking their beer roundly condemning the vicar and the rabbi, when they see their own Catholic priest knock on the door.

    “Ah, now dat’s sad.” says the third Irishman. “One of the girls must have died.

  15. I always carry a card in my wallet identifying me as a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See. It’s my Knights of Columbus membership card.

  16. Here’s another one, with “I’m a Catholic, in case of emergency please call a priest” on one side and the most well known act of contrition on another. http://www.catholicid.com/
    I bought some of these and handed them out to my RCIA class. Not quite the same as the card above, but I carry it in a place in my wallet where it can be readily seen. Just in case, you know? It only costs three bucks, these folks can’t be making much on them.

    Deacon Greg, I’m not advertising, but I understand if you don’t want this on here and feel like you should delete it.

  17. I have a hot pink dog tag on my key chain that says “I’m Catholic. Call a priest”

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