What is the Catholic Church? The Church is the mystical body of Christ. It is the Divine and the human in a beautiful marriage. The Church is the body of believers filled with the breath of God. It is dynamic and alive! But when we ask "What is the Church?" today in modern culture, thoughts of "institution" and "patriarchal system" often pop into people's minds. How do we square this experienced reality of the Church with it's Christ-ordained identity?