Description: What is the dual role of the Catholic Church? The Catechism says the Church is in history and yet transcends history. Only the "eyes of faith" can discern her in her visible identity and at the same time see her spiritual reality. Christ, the one mediator, established the church and also sustains her on earth as a visible organization through which He communicates truth and grace to all mankind. The church is both a society structured with hierarchical organs and the mystical Body of Christ; a visible society and a spiritual community. St. Bernard of Clairvaux called the church "both tabernacle of cedar and sanctuary of God - earthly dwelling and celestial palace." This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.