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Question from kaylon scroggins on 10/18/2012:

what is the mystical body of Christ

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 10/30/2012:

The Church herself is known as the Mystical Body of Christ. The Church is also described as the Bride of Christ. When referring to the Church in such titles and terms, we have in mind that aspect of the Church which is without error or sin, in Her purity. We can also speak of the institutional aspect of the Church, which is composed of members, and it can be fallible and sinful. It is important for Catholics--and others--to be able to make the distinction between the Mystical Church and the Institutional Church, lest we have wrong expectations of one or the other.

Thanks, Kaylon

Father Echert

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